the place called home

you fled the place where
you mastered the art of placating
unpredictable manipulators
& shielded siblings from shockwaves
made by emotional warfare.
you cannot miss the place where
you learned that obedience
took priority over your happiness
(independent thought was forbidden)
& you were berated into submission.
you found the place called home
within the people who helped you
discover that despite (years of)
being conditioned to think the contrary,
you deserve love (& support).

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4 thoughts on “the place called home

  1. So glad that although you have struggled with family issues, you realize that you do indeed deserve love and support. Reminds me of a quote by the Buddha: “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.”

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