Codependency (A Poem)

And sometimes I, sometimes I change myself ...to become worthy of love.

Your deep sighs penetrate me,
Like my chest was clenched too.
I’m always riding shotgun
On your every passing mood.

And sometimes I,
Sometimes I forget myself.

My desires, they are empty
When I’m here with you.
Like I need you to breathe life on
Them, just to make them true.

And sometimes, I
Sometimes I neglect myself.

But I want to remember
That I’m real and I matter.
I am free and I am wild.
I’m beautiful.

And I want to surrender
To my own gentle tenderness,
And love myself as much
As I love you.

I sit here frozen to my seat,
Like you’ve welded me to you.
I’m quite a big appendage.
It suffocates you too.

And sometimes I,
Sometimes I repress myself.
…and then blame it on you.

I’m fighting with these demons
Right there in my head.
They tell me to forget my life
And live out yours instead

And sometimes I,
Sometimes I change myself.
…to become worthy of love.

But I want to remember
That I’m real and I matter.
I am free and I am wild.
I’m beautiful.

And I want to surrender
To my own gentle tenderness,
And love myself as much
As I love you.

(Photo credit)

Vironika Tugaleva

Vironika Tugaleva is a life coach, speaker, founder of The Real Us, and author of the award-winning book The Love MindsetVironika helps people cultivate self-love, heal mental and emotional suffering, develop healthy self-care habits, build deeper relationships with others, and unleash their inner potential to change the world. You’re invited to read more about Vironika and get a free sneak preview of The Love Mindset.

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