Taking my Power Back (For my Bullies)

Elysia Laidlaw 2000 (Birmingham)



For years,
I could never fathom
your hatred towards me.
You made the air smell like sulphur,
And my heart bleed.
But I gave you that power,
But now I’m taking my power back.

For years,
After leaving school
I didn’t recognize my reflection
In the mirror,
I didn’t feel like ‘me’ anymore,
I hated who I was
Because of you.

I gave you my power. I gave you my strength.
I gave you the power to kick me down.
I gave you my spirit,
I gave you my confidence
I gave you my heart
On a silver platter.

I wish I hadn’t given you the power
To bully me.
I wish I found my voice,
And stood up to you.
I wish I hadn’t given you the power.
But I’m taking my power back.

I’m taking my power back
Because I am destined for greatness
The names you called me held no substance.
Weightless
Tasteless
Outrageous.

For years,
I could never fathom
your hatred towards me.
You made the air smell like sulphur,
And my heart bleed.
But I gave you that power,
But now I’m taking my power back
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Submitted by elysialaidlaw16 on May 02, 2021

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Scheme ABCDEDF Axxdxxg xxxhxd DcxgDf fihiii ABCDEDF
Closest metre Iambic trimeter
Characters 956
Words 191
Stanzas 6
Stanza Lengths 7, 7, 6, 6, 6, 7

Elysia Laidlaw

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  • Soulwriter
    So empowering! Looking forward to seeing more from you!
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