I don’t know how I never noticed the way
You drained every ounce of me,
Stripped me down to my naked core
And ignored my exposed, helpless self,
No matter how much I begged
For your affection.

I don’t know how I was blind to
What everyone else could see-
The way you tore at my mind
And left your poison to drown my life.
Yet somehow at the same time,
Made me believe you genuinely cared.

But people who love you,
don’t destroy you,
And after taking everything you’ve thrown at me, Cutting the strings that held me tight against you
seems so much more possible.

And I’m no longer afraid to let go,
Turn my head and walk away
From the one that turned
All of my colors to grey.

—  Nicole Torres // requested; Letting go of a toxic person