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How Dare We?



Who do you think you are,

to criticize me?

to question me?

to judge me?

And how dare you?

You waltz into the room,

and you think you have every right

You say what you please and expect me to listen,

and, God help me, I do

And how dare you?

I cry, and you tell me to buck up

I implore, and you just turn the other cheek

I defend myself, and you just laugh

Well no more

And how dare you?

I can be cold, too

I too can place myself above reproach

You put me down, and I put up walls

What kind of friendship is this?



 

 

You want credit for my triumphs?

Then take credit for my faults

For my arrogance, my austerity

And I blame you



And how dare I?



 

You drove me to it

You pushed and you pushed,

and I snapped

I stood up to you

And how dare I?

Guilt doesn't work on me, anymore

I will not abase myself before you

You can't hurt me if you can't get in

Nobody can

 

And how dare I?



 

I put up walls,

Because of you

I spurn all of their compliments,

Because of you

And how dare you?

You want the credit for who I am?

Then take it



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WOW! What a powerful, angry poem! I very much got the impression of a couple locked in a bad pattern. It actually sheds quite a bit of light on how a steady stream of verbal abuse and criticism from one person can lead to detachment in the other and how this is only bound to escalate as times passes.

 

Great job, Menzo!

-Kevin

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WOW! What a powerful, angry poem! I very much got the impression of a couple locked in a bad pattern. It actually sheds quite a bit of light on how a steady stream of verbal abuse and criticism from one person can lead to detachment in the other and how this is only bound to escalate as times passes.

 

Great job, Menzo!

-Kevin

 

I wrote it as though it were one person, but it depicts the dynamics of several relationships - both romantic, friendly and familial - that I've had over the years. I wrote it to seem like one person, because it had (has?) a cumulative effect on me, and the actions of one person affect how I behave with other people.

 

Thanks for the comments,

 

Menzo

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