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Glass Castles

You told me back when I was young,
That before we both grew
One day we'd live inside a mansion
Full of all the richest
You said you'd give me diamonds, and write my 
Name up in the sky
You said you knew it looked bad now,
But one day we could fly

At first, you were so gentle
And at first, I 
I thought you were my noble king, and I trusted
Your honesty
But you fell into an amber bottle, you got
Addicted to the drink
You bruised my all-too-innocent heart
And it started to sink

You took my wildest fairytales and
Spun them into dreams
No matter how unreal they were, no matter how 
Out of reach.
You said we'd have a palace full of fancy, shiny things
Then you drenched it in your alcohol
Now it's not worth a thing

You said I'd be a princess, but I look
More like a toad.
I thought I'd own a horse-drawn
But I'm riding on a goat
I envisioned a golden crown, a sapphire-studded throne
You promised me glass castles,
But now you're casting

When you started hitting, you beat
Down my sense of pride
I wrapped my heart up in barbed wire
To protect its blackened
You shattered all my high hopes and trapped me inside
These walls
Now I live confined in shackles, a prisoner 
Of a drunken war. 
These words are my rebellion
I hope this pen can 
Beat the sword

You murdered all my angels, and you
Sent them straight to Hell
You conquered me with demons when I thought you
Meant well
You sought only to own me, to isolate me here
With you
You're so afraid of burning, you'd drag me 
Right down, too

I let you blind me with your lies,
Let you gag me with
Your ties
You ventured all the wrong places with your
Red and hazy eyes
It's bad enough that you demanded,
Even worse, you'd  pass
The buck
But most tragic is the fact that I merely gave
It up

The mirrors are cracked and broken
From your constant booze-fueled
The images are useless, and I can't see who you are at all
What happened to the sweet and loving
Person I once knew?
But thinking that, I have to laugh, because
That was never you

I softly egg you to confess, but
You tell me I'm to blame
For all of your misfortunes, and you bury me in shame
I'd be better off an orphan
This place could never be my home
You promised me glass castles
But now you're casting 

Copyright © Annalee Pierce

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  1. Date: 2/4/2011 10:31:00 AM
    Though this is sad Annalee...I can relate..still struggling with overcoming my bad dream..just be careful, take your time to heal and don't rush into anything. God bless you and heal your wounded heart, dear. And a new tomorrow will come just in time if you wait patiently. : ) Love, Annalise

  1. Date: 2/3/2011 1:50:00 PM
    sad but beautifully written i must say this was one of the best poems i have seen and for that you are now my admirable poets best of wishes Elton