narcissus speaks


narcissus speaks

I have been married to a narcissist for nearly 15 years.  Narcissism is a subset of mental illnesses referred to as Borderline Personality Disorder (301.83 DSM IV).  It is a pattern of thought and behavior centered on self-gratification at any cost.  There is no treatment, there is no cure.  It is not a chemical problem, but a behavior.  There are no words to adequately convey the depths of the journey I have taken to find and reclaim my right to myself.  If you find yourself relating to this too closely, please accept wisdom from one who has already paid the horrendous price for it.  DO NOT WALK, RUN!  It will never stop.  This is written from the perspective of my husband, based on actual things he has done and said, ways he has treated me, every day, for the last 16 years of my life...and though I have finally freed myself of his influence and damage, I hope you will all understand...though he has never resorted to violence, this is abuse on a very large scale, using the trust inherent in love to break and remold and rebreak and remold in an endless cycle, that spirals in the loss of self-worth, confidence, perspective and sanity. This is also a disorder that is becoming more and more pervasive in our society, and as such, we need to be aware.  Because if not for my children, and the understanding and validation given me by my parents...I'd have killed myself years ago.

knowing myself unworthy
but bored and restless nonetheless
let's see if you can satisfy
my every fucking wish

move at my direction
speak upon my command
but only words I've authorized
don't dare to take a stand

you are here to gratify
my each and every whim
and though I'm never satisfied
I'll make you try again

I'll rob you of what you have to give
both the happy and the sad
I'll take until you burn with ache
and then tell you it was bad

it will never be enough
to earn my twisted heart
you'll bankrupt yourself endlessly
but still you'll play this part

I'm the puppet master
hiding in the dark
I"ll only give you just enough
to ensure you don't depart

pushing all your limits
demanding more and more
nothing ever satisfies
but that you validate and adore

even then it's not enough
so I'll violate all you are
denying I've done any wrong
to cause your many scars

I'll criticize and ostracize
if you break my taboo
convince you that you're crazy
break your mind in two

you know how much I love you
so shut up and enjoy the ride
if you'll just sit there quietly
I won't notice that you've died

believe it baby, I know I'm wrong
but you're the only cure I see
and after all we both know now
this is really just all about me

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shallenemcgrath commented on narcissus speaks


I actually cried after reading this. Huge hugs- huge huge hugs to you.



I cried too, a lot actually - but when the picture was clear and solidified - I felt rage beyond anything I ever imagined. Thanks for the hugs - I am really okay though. This part of my journey made me stronger than I thought I was, and ultimately I came to view him with compassion. Not that I took down the boundaries - but once I knew I could have them and that it was for me to define them, it no longer hurt. In the end, it was simply - not my problem, but his. Thanks for reading.

devaamido commented on narcissus speaks


I understand better about what took so long. Was there learning value in these dreadful years....Might they have forced you to hone the penetrating insights into human behavior that are evident in your poetry? Or is that "just you"?



I'd have to say that it's a combination of both - experience and innate characteristics - life is a journey my friend, this is how I choose to share mine. :)

frog commented on narcissus speaks


Ouch. Spoken by someone who does know all too well what you are describing here. You described this so accurately.

DeepEclipse commented on narcissus speaks


It is ironic, how you ended it, that the only cure is to feed the need. It is like resistance only fuels the want for attention. I won't pretend to understand, but this does shine some understanding on the depth of the person that you are. It torments me to think that pain is the only rite of passage that can unlock the better and best of us, but it simply can't be ignored that those who endure such trials are shaped with a mentality and thinking far beyond the boring reach of "normal". As always, enjoyed the journey.

JCKasper commented on narcissus speaks


These are alarmingly scary words ....... What's even more disturbing is that I can relate to this ..... You are an amazing writer and appear to be an amazing woman......Methinks you deserve better!!!!

When power leads man towards arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President of the USA

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