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The Broken Sister

Releasing light into the darkness.

By Stephanie DownardPublished about a year ago 1 min read
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To my family that broke me,

I need you to know,

This pain haunts me daily.

I know you don't care,

I get that now.

I grasp illusions,

In my mind.

Wishing things would go back,

Back to normal,

But normal is gone.

You're filled with hate,

Hate that spreads.

It’s like an infection,

That feeds on joy.

Not just my joy,

But my kids.

They don’t understand.

You were all once heroes.

Even I looked up to you.

Now you're villains.

Destroyers of happiness.

The darkness has consumed you.

You’re blinded with rage,

Unable to see the truth.

Stuck in tunnel vision,

With no way out.

You’ve placed the blame on the wrong ones.

You’re cruel words and actions still eating me alive.

They fester inside me,

Keeping me from forgetting.

The agony of each memory is like a pinprick.

Slowly piercing my heart,

And each time a little more love leaks out.

I feel it dragging me down,

And I can’t escape.

The chain has a hold on me,

And it’s getting shorter and shorter.

How does one let go of family?

I don’t want to be like you,

A hate-filled monster stealing joy from others.

I know I need to fight,

Fight the demons you gave me.

It’s a none stop battle,

But I refuse to give in.

I will prevail.

I will break the chain.

My light will devour your darkness and rage,

And I know one day,

I will be ok.


The Broken Sister


About the Creator

Stephanie Downard

I'm a mom of 3 plus a bonus son. I've discovered I love writing, and in my free time, that's what I do! I may not be the best, but that will not stop me! It can only go up from here! I hope you enjoy the words that trickle out of my head.

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  • L.C. Schäferabout a year ago

    The pin pricks in your heart got me. Beautifully written 👏

  • The Invisible Writerabout a year ago

    It's always a nice surprise when you come across something so powerful and beautifully written. Look forward to reading more. Hearted and subscribed

  • MD Mohaiminul Islamabout a year ago

    A powerful message

  • Cendrine Marrouatabout a year ago

    Yeah, family isn't always the best. A powerful message! Poetry is all about making the reader feel emotions. That's what you did. ;-)

  • I'm so sorry this happened to you 🥺 Tunnel vision is a very dangers thing. And some words can never be forgotten. Sending you lots of love and hugs 🥺❤️

  • Gina C.about a year ago

    This did exactly what poetry is supposed to do - make the reader feel. This was very emotional. I love how it took me down a dark path and ended with a glimmer of hope. ❤️

  • Kelley Steadabout a year ago

    Haunting. I know you said poetry isn’t your strong suit, but I think you did a great job with free form. As someone who was raised in a cult, I feel for the narrator. Childhood trauma is a never ending hole. Nice job.

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