T.O.X.I.C. - but not really

T. Truthfully speaking, you are freed from it
O. Organically, at its spiritual root, so it seems
X. Xtra vigilant in exercising boundaries
I. Indeed, Incredibly Insightfully Indolent
C. Carefully cheery, your peaceful disposition

About this poem

I immediately felt inspired to write this poem while I was on the train on my way to work, while listening to a YouTube video. It was about ways to identify a toxic person, and I decided to write about what happens when you walk away from a toxic relationship of any kind, using the acronym of TOXIC.

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Written on June 13, 2022

Submitted by babbina on June 16, 2022

Modified on April 27, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABCDE
Closest metre Iambic heptameter
Characters 230
Words 35
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 5

Kari Michele Chrichlow

I'm from NYC and have a daughter who is a creative soul like me. I like to sing, write and rest in my spirituality. more…

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Discuss the poem "T.O.X.I.C. - but not really" with the community...

  • teril
    I am sure these are hard won insights. Congratulations on your bravery.
    LikeReply 21 year ago
    • babbina
      Yes, they were definitely hard won insights. Thanks so much! :)
      LikeReply8 months ago
  • alauts
    Truth resonates with all souls. I especially like the line about boundaries... wish I would have understood sooner.
    LikeReply 21 year ago
    • babbina
      I totally understand how you feel about that
      LikeReply8 months ago
  • Dougla$Irishman
    B = Believe in your creator
    E -Eternity is a choice
    L -Love conquers all
    I -I choose you
    E- Even so I love you
    V Valor is important
    E -Everyone is to be valued
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • babbina
      I love this comment and acronym :)
      LikeReply8 months ago
    LikeReply 11 year ago
    • babbina
      Thank you
      LikeReply8 months ago


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