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The Light They Steal From You

Love bombing and toxic relationships

By Simon GeorgePublished 10 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
The Light They Steal From You
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I hate that you’re happy

Your happiness bites me like a tooth to the cheek

It’s not that I’m jealous, although I am a little

But your happiness is a lie that you sell yourself

To protect you from the choices you make

I was your best mistake, and it scared you

But you ran back into the fire. Seeking the comfort of its burn

Now I suffer in the smoke of your flames

I know you pushed me away to save me

But you did not burn me. Our embers matched

I saw your light.

If anything, you saved me.

We could have survived together.


I hope that you are free from the slow burn of lies that have followed you

You’ve suffered so much already

I hate that you chose him and not me

I emerged from the fire. I did not create it

Perhaps that is why I felt different

You told me you were afraid to get hurt

But continue to trust your heart with those unworthy

I hope this time it is different because I’d hate to watch you burn

Promise me you’ll jump if you need to

Please don’t give them the satisfaction. Some people love to watch your beauty burn.

They wish to control the warmth you give to the world

Small men will steal from you. Eager to wield your power

But they could never carry your torch

I’d hold you to the sky. Honoured to be the hand that supports you

I hate to watch them dim your light

And pray that you find your path, knowing that it’s not mine to take

And there lies my ache



© Simon George 2024. All Rights Reserved.


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About the Creator

Simon George

I write poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. In 2021, I published my debut book "The Truth Behind The Smile" a self-help guide for your mental health based on my personal experience with depression. Go check it out.

IG: @AuthorSimonGeorge

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  1. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  2. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

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  • Anna about 19 hours ago

    Congrats on Top Story! :)

  • I love this. 🌹

  • Very good

  • Congratulations on your top story.

  • angela hepworth8 days ago

    Congrats on TS! A poignant piece about toxicity and the complexities of love.

  • Rubesh8 days ago

    This poem captures the ache of unrequited love and the longing for someone's happiness, even if it's not with you. It's beautifully written and deeply relatable.💕

  • U nailed toxic relationships with certain clarity

  • Andrea Corwin 10 days ago

    I meant To congratulate you on TS also 🎉

  • Andrea Corwin 10 days ago

    This is painful! Nice guys finish last? They like the bad boys? We all to learn that excitement burns. Well done! Hope you are okay.

  • Christy Munson10 days ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! 🥳 Loved all of it but this line dropped my jaw: "Now I suffer in the smoke of your flames"

  • Rav Oldej10 days ago

    This poem uses an extended metaphor of fire to symbolize both passion and destruction. It illustrates the complexity of human relationships, where love can sometimes verge on obsession and the desire to protect the other can turn into control. It also highlights the difficulty of watching those we love suffer and letting go when they make decisions we consider harmful. This is a poignant reflection on the limits of the influence and support we can offer to those who are dear to us. Thank you for sharing.

  • Manisha Dhalani10 days ago

    Nice poem, Simon.

  • Margaret Brennan10 days ago

    Beautiful, sad, and yet perfect.

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