Cowardly Boy

Poetry

“You see, I knew from the beginning
what you wanted from me.
But I tried to be a good friend anyway.”

You see, I knew from the beginning what you wanted from me. But I tried to be a good friend anyway. You would ask for more. Push for it. Manipulate your way to get closer to me. And, at last, when I refused to have sex with you, I was a horrible person. A terrible friend.

Worthless.

That was the end of our so-called friendship. Because I was a person and you were a coward.

© Sarah Doughty
2018

Or, maybe, you didn’t see
what you did was wrong.
Which would make you a monster.
I’m not sure which is worse.

To the boy who tried to
break me when I was a teenager.

This is an excerpt of a longer piece,
published at Blood Into Ink, here.

One thought on “Cowardly Boy

  1. This stanza “Or, maybe, you didn’t see
    what you did was wrong.
    Which would make you a monster.
    I’m not sure which is worse.” resonates so strongly with me. Often, I look back at events that shaped me, the trauma, the pain, the monsters clawing through my innocence, and I wonder which is worse – the knowledge or the ignorance.

    This isn’t a beautiful piece of writing by any stretch of the imagination, but it rings true. I’m sure it will resonate with many women.

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