Avert my eyes

Hide my tears

Stumble backwards through darkness

Try not to cry when I remember how much you abused me

Try to put it far from my mind

Don’t let the words that you said

Suffocate my chest like a vise

Don’t let the images

Poison my mind’s eye

My memories

With disgust.

Avert my eyes

Flinch from your closeness

Stumble away from your poison eyes and

Attention seeking self

Fall a little more each day

Farther from safety

Closer to danger

Avert my eyes

I don’t want you to see me

I don’t want to see you

Avert my eyes

So I don’t catch yours

And see that face

Those eyes

That make hate flood through me.

Avert my eyes.