You look at me, disappointment evident in your eyes
You open your mouth, and start howling like a siren
Hurling all-too-familiar words at my blank face
Expecting me to break down, to cry, or to deny
But I do nothing, waiting for you to shut your mouth.
My silence provokes your words to curl more spitefully
You play from every angle, try out different moves
To topple me down, to bring a flash of emotion to my face.
But you don’t realize that it has been years
Since your words have ceased to touch me
Now, those sharp-edged insults you spit out
Bounce off my body, without drawing blood.
Don’t you see?
Just as your words began ripping off pieces of my soul
I ripped out the part of me that loved you.