I was in my early teens

when I locked myself in the bathroom

whilst you hammered on the door,

slipping the words Liar, Liar

beneath it.

It was then I learned

it is easier to choke on silence

than spit out words;

easier to cry and rock on the tiles

than apologise and believe

you believed me.

Poem: © Kristiana Reed 2019

Between the Trees UK

Between the Trees US

Available internationally

Image by Nika Akin from Pixabay

8 thoughts on “Choke

  1. taurusingemini says:

    As teens, were all still searching for out separate, identities, which is why, we were all, more, sensitive, than we ought to be, which is also why , as teens, we often, take what was said to us, to heart, and that sometimes, can be , a little more, damaging…


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