the ghost you left behind is angry

she is bitter

full of resentment


the ghost you left behind is made of broken glass

sharp words

damaged heart


she still hides in the closet when she hears a raised voice

she still likes to imagine standing up to you

she still remembers crying instead 


the ghost you left behind is incapable of 

loving herself 

everytime she looks in the mirror 

she wonders what it is

that made you leave 


she thinks it’s the fact that I look too much 

like you 

and you couldn’t stand that 

because everytime you looked at me 

you saw something you hated


so now she makes sure that I put on makeup 

every morning 

so I can look

less like you 

and more like someone else 

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