You didn’t mean it, I know,
But knowledge doesn’t salve the wound.
Nor understanding ease the hurt.
You made a promise —
Gave me your word.
Then reneged, without so much as a solitary regret.
Leaving me to hold down the fort.
Tie up loose ends.
So don’t think you can come back on special occasions
Like the holidays
And everything will be as it was before.
Because I’ve moved on.
I’m stronger, braver,
And refuse to allow toxic people access to me.
No regrets, no looking back,
What’s done can’t be undone.
Mercifully, no one dies from betrayal.