Poetry Day: Cycle of Egos

Lego Robin (Also Lego Batman)

(Not the biggest fan of the title now, but that’s what I picked.  It’s really about abuse.  A person who batters at another’s sense of self-worth and will stop long enough for them to recover.  I’ve dealt with too many who are like that, but then play the victim as soon as you stand up for yourself.  The scars don’t entirely disappear if it goes on for long enough. I did try to end this one on a good note.)


Here we are again

The beginning of the cycle

You try to stroke my ego

Which you have beaten

Into a whimpering coma

Through harsh words

And mighty posture

Pushing me

Until my misery

Leaks from my pores

And ebbs from my eyes

My fury grips the air

Palpable to all

But there is a single source

You notice this

Sensing from your haven

That you pushed too much

Bringing us to here

The awkward stumbles

Of thanks and praise

Emotional treats

For your abused dog


To avoid a bite

Do you know I’ve learned?

I see the pattern

Realizing that this dance

Has been done by us before

I believe our time has come

This cycle is no more

It will be shattered

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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8 Responses to Poetry Day: Cycle of Egos

  1. L. Marie says:

    Very poignant. These lines are so powerful:
    Do you know I’ve learned?

    I see the pattern

    Realizing that this dance

    Has been done by us before

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Wow. Deep one, Charles. I do not understand what motivates someone to abuse someone else. The ending was upbeat for sure.


  3. I like the resolution at the end, that the cycle must be shattered.


  4. I got rid of one of these in the workplace. Now it appears he may make a comeback. If so, I might be the one to walk away.


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