Treasure Island

Angela Davis

(1976 / USA)

Letting Go


For so long I buried and denied
the anger that dwelt within
for all the horrid deeds done to me
that which I could not repress
I redirected at me
so strong was my fear
so ingrained the self loathing

I must have been horrible
I must have been ugly
I must have been stupid
and unworthy
else you would have loved me

So many years it took
to know this is false
So many years of my life lost
to the harm that you caused

You left me broken
You left me shattered
I was afraid and alone
and you didn't give a second thought

Now I am happy
and filled with hope
instead of despair
and you have the nerve
to write and ask how I am
Might you come for a visit

To tell you the truth
I owe you so much
I couldn't have gotten here without you
They say before things get better
you have to hit rock bottom

You took me there
and beyond
and left it to others
to pick up the shattered pieces

We have done just fine
without you
Don't bother to call
do not write again
I don't need you
sure as hell don't want you

Go about your life
and find someone else
yes, I was hurt
yes, I was angry

But I have let go,
you should too...

Submitted: Saturday, August 19, 2006
Edited: Thursday, August 26, 2010

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  • Lesa K (8/21/2006 11:36:00 PM)

    Great job with this poem, Angela. You are very strong... and it sounds like you have been thru so much in your life. Take care! Lesa (Report) Reply

  • Scarlet Red (8/19/2006 8:24:00 AM)

    u carried me from top to bottom angela... i do admire for having that strong will to totally let go of someone... maybe u got really really hurt... but as i feel in your poem ur letting go of someone with pain..am i correct? ....

    about the poem itself, nice delivery and choice of word angela... (Report) Reply

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