eulogy

dearly beloved

we are gathered here today

to say goodbye to

the me who didn’t say no

the me that couldn’t say no

the hands over my mouth

the side turned eyes and sneered up lips

we say goodbye to

the disappointed sighs

and the are you fucking kidding mes

we say goodbye to the screaming

and hiding

and shrinking myself away

we say goodbye to

the me that never knew she mattered

because no one thought to tell her until

it was far too late

dearly beloved

we are here to say fuck off

good luck

good riddance

no thank you

and never again

we are here to say

that the me I was planting

and watering

and tending and mending is here

that I’m here

and she never has to cower again

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