Too Big To Fail

I slipped away

and no one noticed.

I called out to you

all of you

standing on the edge of the inky blackness

of the turbulent ocean.

You all smiled and waved

assured me of my safety.

Told me my strength would save me.

Told me to have hope.

And then I slipped

Slowly sliding into the waves

I reached out and cried for help

The imminent darkness and danger crashing over me.

You all could not help.

Faces turned away or

Looking at me in distinct disbelief of the situation.

But I’m so strong? How did this happen? This can’t be true

This titan cannot fail.

And there she went

crumbling to the waves

leaving one hand out for rescue while she slipped under.

No one came for me.

After the Cut

Somehow it’s different now.

I hold you in a different place

The glass we stand on

is even and smooth

even if fragile as hell.

I’m no longer holding a dagger

deep into your side

making sure you need me to nurse you

as you bleed out.

The knife is down.

You’re separate now.

Over there

Your problems are yours

life is yours

drama is yours.

You and your mess are not for me to keep.

No longer to hold you down.

Now we are equal.

This is respect.