{Poetry}: Give Up

The prompt was, “the most difficult decision you ever had to make”. I don’t really want to elaborate on this one, but let’s just say there were tears in my eyes when I finished this poem. Though it was the most difficult decision I ever had to make, it was definitely the best one too.


To say “give up” implies I surrendered,
and I guess you could say I did.
I gave up his lies & manipulations,
his games and control.

To say “give up” implies I quit.
I quit his addiction & his abuse.
His reign of terror ended with me.

I gave you a chance, and that chance
has saved not just your life,

but my own.

-L.G.

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