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Photo by Dominic Alves

No, I won’t let you
have this power over me
Won’t let you affect
my emotions
my sanity
Whether or not
I am happy or sad
has no dependency
on you
I smile because
I choose to
not because you are near me.
And the tears falling
down my face
have nothing to do
with your distance
from me
But this, you know
is a lie
you revel in your victory
exorcising your power
over me
whenever it amuses you
you would have me
as a puppet on a string
I struggle only to realize
resistance is futile.