Woe Is You

My attention
Is fuel for your demons
Please don’t set them
On my lap
And ask for help
Don’t ask me to affirm them
I won’t-I can’t
They are real only to you

And I am sorry
If when I ignore them
You feel dismissed
That is how entwined you are
Enabling isn’t love

Therapy helps
Learn to love them yourself
And they will leave
Then bring me flowers
Without requiring my lap
And I will know
Your demons are gone.

bjbeyers 2022

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