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My Companion

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

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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 

 

To confuse 

 

To abuse 

 

My mind 

 

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.