cw: ****** assault and suicidal thoughts
I want to combust.
Not into the traditionally red flames.
Red is my mother’s color; because, it’s
the one that suits her the best.
But the reason why I hate it, is that in a deeper shade,
it is the same color that runs between her thighs
and stains the bedsheets we clean
when men decide that they’re more worthy.
I want my flames to be purple,
the same shade I have been fixed on since I was little.
Purple like the heroine I always dreamed of becoming,
and the edges of my vision when I
swallow the cleaning products,
count out the pills,
pull the belt tight around my neck,
grow so furious with myself that I wish I was just dead.
When I told my mother I wanted to die,
she screamed at me,
“How dare you think you’ve gone through so much,
when I’ve gone through so much worse!”
That is why
I want to explode
that dare to justify my own right to pain.
But purple is the same color
I see around my little sister’s face,
concern in her gaze
as she whispers, “I love you."
How could the world be so cruel?
Locking a man in our home,
a man who tries to take away every piece that makes us whole,
and forcing my little sister to witness me in such a state.
I can’t live up to being a
I can’t bear forcing my little sister
to witness her big sister
lifeless in the room next to hers.
When I go out,
I want to combust into purple flames
because I’m so
terrified, furious, disappointed.
Unlike the men who built the college,
I want to die
without a trace,
and my ashes to disappear.
nothing would change after I die,
except there would be more
purple little bruises on my sister’s heart.
But would I become
greedy, disgusting, memorable
because I would
Leave her like our father
who forgot our birthdays
or when it was his time for child custody,
but could never forget his favorite beer?
When my mother’s boyfriend tries to break into my room at night,
I beg the flames to take me.
I’m too tired, hungry, and weak
to believe I have a right to my own body anymore.
“Traitors,” I whisper to the flames,
hoping my emotions would be strong enough
to ignite myself
But the following morning,
my little sister would knock at my bedroom door,
greeting me with a sleepy smile,
and sitting on my bed to chat.
How could the world be so cruel
to my little sister by making me,
the girl who can’t even protect herself,
“I missed you.”
She says, and I can’t help but laugh.
“I just saw you before you went to sleep.”
the purple flames that I once called traitors
remind me they were with me the whole time,
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