The Narcissist

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It is all about me
Not that I would say so
I am subtle
Regardless
Of my booming actions
The eye of the storm
Forever upon me
If it moves too far
I transform
And reclaim my throne
Loyalty is mine
To absorb and hold tight
Never to share
Be afraid of my power
For I will break you
Taking your love
And leaving you pain
Anger
And sadness
Not that I would admit it
After all
I am pure
And a victim
Of those I hurt

About Charles Yallowitz

Charles E. Yallowitz was born, raised, and educated in New York. Then he spent a few years in Florida, realized his fear of alligators, and moved back to the Empire State. When he isn't working hard on his epic fantasy stories, Charles can be found cooking or going on whatever adventure his son has planned for the day. 'Legends of Windemere' is his first series, but it certainly won't be his last.
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21 Responses to The Narcissist

  1. ospreyshire says:

    Great poem and that accompanying picture really puts things into perspective. I certainly knew some people who played the victim and hated that I would call them out while making it seem like I was the bad guy or crazy. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been a screw up and made mistakes, but I never acted like I was some innocent person.

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    • Thanks. The victimization trick is one of the cruelest. It can ostracize the target and even create anxiety/depression in them. This is because it depends entirely on manipulating the target to the point when they go off and make themselves look ‘mean’.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        I wholeheartedly agree. I wish I knew that tactic when I was younger, so I could’ve avoided it when it was done to me. It certainly gave me more anxiety and depression, that’s for sure. I was always annoyed when people didn’t own up to their words or actions, but the victimization tactic made it worse.

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      • Sad thing is that I still can’t pick up on it until I’m in the fire. Empty apologies, listening to you for a bit, and other tricks help the narcissist get closer. They’re really good at faking things at the start.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Sorry to hear about that. I know it can be that subtle. I’ve also wondered when people said I was overanalyzing things or being defensive was for me to let my guard down in hindsight. That’s true about narcissists doing those things.

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      • Tough one. I think the overanalyzing thing can go either way. Not everyone who mentions that have dark intentions. Some genuinely want the other person to relax and not stress themselves.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        There were times were some legit friends and family say that sometimes, but I had moments where fake friends didn’t want me to read into what someone was saying let’s say if they were low-key insulting me or god forbid using a dog whistle. I also tend to be more literal-minded and I rarely ever use sarcasm.

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      • I’m rather sarcastic. I also have anxiety spirals when stressed, so overanalyzing is one of my things. You get a sense of who is warning out of concern and who is doing it to protect themselves after a while.

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      • ospreyshire says:

        Gotcha. I’ve tried to be sarcastic, but it’s very dry and people think I’m serious unless I make my voice overdramatic. Part of me wishes I was more sarcastic to others or at the very least being able to have witty comebacks against others.

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  2. A fabulous poem, Charles. I think you nailed it in the last three lines “I am pure,
    And a victim, Of those I hurt.

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  3. It would be interesting to write this character into a story. I don’t think my mind works this way, but it would be challenging.

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  4. L. Marie says:

    Great poem! So fitting! Weirdly enough the shape of it reminds me of a Rorschach ink blot. 😄 Kinda fitting too.

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  5. V.M.Sang says:

    A wonderful piece of writing, Charles. Great job.

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  6. Freedom2Survive says:

    I know this person! Great poem.

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