Ravyne’s Nest
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Ravyne’s Nest


A Free Verse Poem on Toxic Relationships

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

There is no physical body here
Only emotional bandages —
Layer upon layer added
With each critical cut of your tongue.
Your fits of anger now linger
On the outside, barely visible

I remember the first bandage
The beggar in me pleaded for you to stop —
O, the panic that swelled from deep within
And your need to be right added
Suffocating layers over the years

The slashing of…



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Ravyne Hawke

Ravyne Hawke

Poet, Fiction Writer, Essayist, Artist, Dreamer | “Enlightenment is when a wave realizes it is the Ocean” ~Thich Nhat Hanh