I feel myself recoiling
and closing down
Shutting out the dissonance
No fight left inside me
One more spiteful remark
will make no difference
Your comfortable chaos
has slowly eaten away
at my core
Calculated and manipulative
Strategically planned
to wound in your war 
Peace will only come
in my final retreat
Conceding to the last
Words have left me
As I withdraw from the conflict
and leave you in my past
Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing ©

OctPoWriMo - Day 31 - Peace

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  27 comments for “Peace

  1. November 2, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    To be wounded in someone else’s war is alas way to common thing… especially since they often wage wars on themselves…

    In the end, leaving is probably the only option.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 3, 2019 at 12:29 am

      Yes I would agree on that 😕

  2. November 2, 2019 at 7:59 am

    Wow it sounds so sad and dejected until you get to the end. Then it is triumphant and angry, dismissive of the other person and you regain your feet. Kudos. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      November 2, 2019 at 1:20 pm

      Yes a realization that it’s all so pointless 😕 Thanks J ❤️

      • November 2, 2019 at 1:21 pm

        You are welcome. 🤓💜

  3. November 1, 2019 at 11:07 am

    A truly moving and powerful piece. Wonderfully written! 😊

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Thank you dear Beckie! 😊❤️

  4. November 1, 2019 at 9:50 am

    Sometimes, leaving is the hardest step to take. But once you do, in essence you are the victor.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 2, 2019 at 8:03 am

      Yes and so it is! Thanks so much Linda 🙂

  5. November 1, 2019 at 7:27 am

    I like how you used and described the phrase “comfortable chaos”.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Thanks Frank. Yes some people are very comfortable living like that – not me though!

  6. Rob Kistner
    November 1, 2019 at 6:16 am

    Very sad Christine. Even sadder if you are writing your truth. But you can’t let someone take you from yourself. Protect that private center — always, and at all costs!

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2019 at 8:40 am

      Yes Rob, that is true. Thank you, I really appreciate it 💕🙂

  7. November 1, 2019 at 1:24 am

    Tired of the conflict, one learns to stay away. Better cut off the toxic people from life.

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2019 at 8:38 am

      Thank you. Yes so true Sadje. Sometimes easier to say than do 😔

      • November 1, 2019 at 9:17 am

        I know, specially when you want to keep everybody happy.

      • Christine Bolton
        November 1, 2019 at 9:40 am

        Yes if only we wouldn’t feel so guilty about doing what’s best for us 😔

      • November 1, 2019 at 10:06 am

        The dilemma of decision making.

  8. October 31, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    The peace that comes after conceding defeat…

    • Christine Bolton
      November 1, 2019 at 8:35 am

      Yes like a wave of relief 🙂

  9. October 31, 2019 at 9:58 pm

    I feel the deep and heavy weariness in this…

    • Christine Bolton
      October 31, 2019 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you Avia. I’m happy it showed through. A weird thing to say I suppose, but that’s what was going for 🙂💕

      • October 31, 2019 at 10:52 pm

        I totally get you! And that’s what makes it hard/sad for me.

      • Christine Bolton
        November 1, 2019 at 9:13 am

        Thank you my dear 🙂💕

      • November 1, 2019 at 4:45 pm

        You’re most welcome <3

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