I Quit You

My attempt for day 23 of the 2011 April PAD Challenge.

For decades, you told me you’d change
my life. Instead you fed me habits
I couldn’t break and locked me up
in solitary. You return in new attire–
your glamour polished–but I know
your face behind the sparkle, all
the blemishes nobody sees
except for those you broke–like me.

Profound words flaunted hide the trivia
beneath. The noise clogs my mind until
it’s hard to think. You waste my wealth
on hoarding junk I’d never need
except to plug the holes in walls
I’d rather tear down. Never have
you helped in urgent times. You just
distracted me as you fondled
me. Perversions polluted thoughts
until I couldn’t look into
the eyes of my best friends. You stole
me into fantasies I couldn’t
escape, but as your glamour fades, it’s clear
you’re just another video game.

Don’t call me ’cause I won’t return.
Don’t tempt me with another promise;
you haven’t paid your original debt.
Don’t reach through friends I found in your absence
because they don’t like you much either. It’s
too late. I’m going back to the books I read
before you interrupted me.


  1. Rallentanda said,

    April 23, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    WOW. This is marvellous.Powerful and direct.
    Just my kind of poetry.Will be back to read more. Hours are always the problem.

  2. April 24, 2011 at 12:21 am

    Excellent post thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading and writing poems very much. It’s very relaxing. Thanks again.

    An Easter Poem

  3. Merciel said,

    April 26, 2011 at 12:49 am

    Thank you! I know what you mean. I need to read more poetry, but I barely find the time to even write it!

  4. Merciel said,

    April 26, 2011 at 12:50 am

    Thank you!


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