When You Met Me

When you met me, you thought I was sweet

You said I was kind and forgiving

Told me you thought I was brave

When you met me, you thought I was whole

What you couldn’t see

Lying under the surface

A wall of electricity

Ready to explode

Implode

Expecting not to survive

Preparing for the worst

A ball of nerves

Tears ready to fall

With no warning

Splintered memories

Not being able to breathe

Can’t focus

Counting to five

Trying not to pass out

Hoping I could leave

Wishing I was stronger

Smarter

Prettier

Not knowing how

To put the pieces together

Lost

Shattered

Ashamed

This you couldn’t see

When you met me, you thought I was sweet

You said I was kind and forgiving

Told me you thought I was brave

When you met me, you thought I was whole

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