I Let You Poison Me

Alexis Clement

Too deep are the layers

of damage between us,

and the marks you’ve

left on my arms.


Apologies drip from your mouth

but I recognize the poison;

this time I am leaving,

stepping up and

doing what

I should have done

 a long time ago,

before you stained my soul.


So goodbye, sweet lover,

I flush your poison

from my veins.