…What’s Broken

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I can’t take another day
Of your yelling
You seem pathetic to me
As you try to control me
Your voice, loud and angry
Your demeanor, threatening
As if you’d ever lay a hand on me
We both know you don’t want to die today
But you keep on and on
Until I’m deaf to your ranting and raving
Until I am sufficiently subdued
Making no demands of you
Or your time
You light a cigarette
Take another pill
And return to yourself
Satisfied that I’ll shut my mouth
Because you’ve managed to be so confrontational
That it’s not even worth it to ask how your day is going
I, too, return to myself
A little more dead inside
Counting the minutes until you’re gone again
Leaving me to my solitary peace

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