The Stranger In My Midst

The Stranger In My Midst

I loved you for your differences
They intrigued me
Fascinated me
You were the square peg
in a round hole
Socially awkward 
Entertaining and sweet
Vulnerable yet strong
I was smitten
and life was good
But then, without warning
I would see the flip side
The monster who reared its head
Combative and cruel
Detached, aloof 
Seeing me as an enemy
Blind rage
taking life from your eyes
Who were you in those moments
when I lost you?
Never knowing
if I would ever get you back
Sometimes it was a day
Other times six months
or more
This time?
Probably never
Now those differences
Separate more than bind 
and cannot be bridged
The chasm has become too big
We have traveled too far
In opposite directions
Who are you now?
Someone I no longer recognize
Or want

 
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  7 comments for “The Stranger In My Midst

  1. June 5, 2021 at 8:37 pm

    I can certainly relate to this…

    • Christine Bolton
      June 5, 2021 at 8:58 pm

      So sad isn’t it Crystal. I seem to hear that all the time 😕

  2. June 5, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    Such a heartfelt poem

    • Christine Bolton
      June 6, 2021 at 12:12 am

      Thanks Sadje. ☺️ Relationships are extremely difficult sometimes.

      • June 6, 2021 at 1:04 am

        I know 😊

  3. June 6, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Wow! So powerful and raw with emotion! A sad and painful experience shared by many, Hoping this is fiction for you????
    Someone wearing a mask or Bi-polar. So beautifully penned, Christine! Bellissimo, Bellissimo!
    Chuck
    😊💕💖🌹

    • Christine Bolton
      June 6, 2021 at 12:18 pm

      Thank you so much dear Chuck. It has happened to me so I speak from the heart. I just hope it resonates with others. This happens a lot out there. 😢

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