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I forgot that I mattered



I forgot that I mattered.

It was trained

out of me.

Soap

in my mouth.

*

I forgot that I mattered.

I was Jill

in Jack’s box

playing hide and seek

with my spark.

*

I forgot that I mattered.

Harsh words

blank stares

looked past tears

and a scared girl.

*

I forgot that I mattered.

Submission

a safety zone.

Pretense

filled the basket.

*

I forgot that I mattered.

My voice

disappeared

my body played

dead.

*

I forgot that I mattered.

So I let

you forget,

and you did.

My silence for your pleasure.

*

Until, through divine intervention

I found that I mattered.

Hoax revealed, my spark

demanded play.

I’m ready! she called.

Me too, I replied. And we did.

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