Trust Betrayed

by Kelli A. Phelps
(Huntington, WV, USA)

"Trust Betrayed" - A poem by Kelli Phelps

Trust Betrayed

By
Kelli Phelps


Soft skin, hazel eyes that engulf
Two hearts beating together
Laughing, loving, two against the world

Strong arms, encircling to protect
Keep her safe from all that’s bad

Who
would save her from you



Secrets, shared so willingly
Her deepest personal thoughts
Trusting enough to expose her soul

Short, one word answers
Promises never to be kept

You
don’t want to talk about it



Critical tongue, forked and sharp
You’re nothing; I love you
Get out; don’t leave me

She’s not the source of your rage
She becomes the object of it

Will
she ever learn not to challenge



Failures, shared without reproach
Her strength is your weakness
her laughter, your ire

Blame her, control her,
Despise her, punish her

Your
words abused as sure as your hands



Brown eyes, searching and questioning
You reward her with your lies
She’s doesn’t deserve your respect

another waits to take her place
a surrogate, willing to please

Will
she ever learn not to challenge



Spirit shattered, like a broken mirror
Splintered shards reflect your deception
Your image too sinister to bear

Lies become your truth
A charade in which to hide

Make
her small and you become superior




Lonely, broken and twisted
body, longing for your touch
torrential storms raging inside

If you believe it, it’s not a lie
She’s not worthy of the truth

How
can she ever be secure again


Trust Betrayed


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