as you lay breathing

with each new dawn

i awoke

hopeful

for a new start.

and yet there you lay

next to me

breathing.

a stranger in my bed

a stranger in my head

a stranger no longer

in my heart.

i packed your bags

sealed up your space

eons ago.

yet there you lay

next to me

breathing.

with every breath

i let you steal

another chance at

happy.

your words sharpened

as the days flew by

piercing my soul

as there you lay

next to me

breathing.

we flew round and round

you and i

each in our own world.

desperate for escape

i clawed at my confines

screamed for help

prayed for divine

intervention.

as you lay there

next to me

breathing.

i cried myself to sleep

wailed, writhed,

ached for a freedom

i knew existed

but could not reach.

as you lay there

next to me

breathing.

now,

i lie here,

breathing

fresh air

no longer sullied

by your breath,

your heart,

your words,

your despising ways.

i breathe.

because i am free.

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