Wednesday, June 5, 2013

He Said He Loved Me

He said he loved me
He opened car doors and gave me flowers
He said I was the only one who understood him
He said he wanted me to marry him

He said he loved me
He hit our walls and gave me bruises
He said I didn't understand him
He said I should never leave him

He said he loved me
He talked at me, not with me, for exhausting hours
He said I wasn't helping him, just as no one else ever had
He said he needed me

He said he loved me
He told me he was right and gave me threats
He said I must never say no to him, or else
He said he knew how to blow up my car

He said he loved me
I heard his words and hung on
I ignored his actions and paid prices
I said I would never leave him

I loved who I thought he was
I loved who I hoped he could be
His behavior pushed me down and took all I had
His version of love made us both become less

He didn't really know about love
His behavior was harmful to us both
I never could help him or fix him
I learned finally to say good-by

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