To Dig Your Own Grave

and here we are again
trying to do the same damn thing
in a slightly different manner
dancing to a slightly different beat
breaking my back to give you space
before bending into place again
every time you say you’re sorry
covering bruises with blush and
too much highlight
singing love songs to mask the pain
ignoring the lipstick stains
around your collar
doing whatever is necessary
to avoid another confrontation
lying to my mother
my sister
my brothers
hearing those three little words
over and over
and over again
until they have lost all meaning

i’m so sorry.

i love you.

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