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By Helena Nikitopoulos
I used to think that a prison cell was my safe haven,
For it wasn’t anyone else but you who I kept craving.
Trapped in thin metal bars
Which only worsened my own mental scars
Your toxicity bit me like the cold evening night
Bites a woman whose naked skin shivers in fright
I felt your black heart dim next to mine
I should have seen that as a sign…
But I clung to those metal bars, for I was too afraid to be
Unable to see my potential when my head was full of scars,
Scars you inflicted as we sat behind those bars.
Who are you to tell me who I can or can’t be?
After all, I escaped but you’re still the same each week.
I longed for the scars, the bruises, and the pain
So that I didn’t have to stand alone in the rain.
I longed for a companion
But that wasn’t you
For I found my companion,
You might be asking, who?
But you’re failing to see, that this companion I so speak
Of does not go by another name
Does not blame
Does not make it their aim
They are there for me in time
Day in and day out
I never doubt
Their commitment, their love
As they aspire to be
All they can be
Can’t you see?
That companion is me.
My Companion is a poem about toxicity in relationships and the impact it has on one’s mental health. The protagonist in my poem battles with depression and mental health struggles due to an unhealthy relationship however, by the end of the poem, it is clear that no matter the struggles – she comes out stronger at the end. Her “companion” is in other words, herself as we are our biggest supporters and our own superheroes. My poem aims to reveal how us women are independent, and strong, and that no matter the obstacles we face – we can overcome them.