A Good Use of Negative Space

your kindness itself does not vex me

yet i hold my breathe

i pause for the memories

of all the times

i accepted unkindness instead

for the times i was called

stupid

hysterical

cunt

for the times i was called

over-sensitive

bitch

dreamer

for asking to be treated with the dignity deserved of any human

no, it is not you

it is the ones before you

but i remember them clearly

detail excruciating

with every kindness you extend

because its beautiful presence

is all the more obvious

in the face of the times

i’ve done not only without

but with abuse in the place of respect

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