the ties that bind


the ties that bind


eloquent orbs so vulnerable
how honestly they burn
lips that promise everything
avowal then be spurned


impassioned your apologies
a defensive mechanism
verbal caulking in the cracks
of ever widening schism


gratifiied, your kindnesses
are not to be forgotten
forced remembrances reveal
motivations misbegotten


subsumed my sexuality
all preferences disdained
an orgasmic addiction
while intimacy abstained


secrets raped and plundered
now arrows nocked in bow
weapons made of weaknesses
wicked wounds bestow


frivolous expenditures
not to be accounted
selfish desires satiate
while debt swiftly mounted


unapproved friendships, all
spurned along the way
unwanted competition
for an ego nursing hate


an addicts mentality
false sense of vindication
vile delusion validate
by demanding degradation


emotional abandonment
 unjust retaliation
in cruelty and loathing
spew false insinuation


deranged puppet master
manipulative expertise
pathetic satisfaction
forcing puppets to their knees


whisper hollow promises
in arrogant assumption
thinking to beguile again
an assinine presumption


words bereft of meaning
fall from serpents tongue
scathing condemnation
and imprecations slung


living in your little world
imprisoned by your needs
steep the cost of kindness here
a heart full it exceeds


meaningless for all these years
the way my heart's been torn
but rising from love's ashes
as phoenix I'm reborn


profess now your undying love
with feigned sincerity
I'm not your puppet anymore
I cut the fucking strings

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Redhead505 commented on the ties that bind


Wow. I wish I could do that. Brilliant -- definitely. This should be published and out there for victims, those who help victims, survivors, and those who are unscathed from never having experienced such.



thank you new friend :) I am honored, deeply, by your comment.

Madelynn commented on the ties that bind


This couldnt possibly be more perfectly written...or cooler than this- this has it all, pain, sexuality, love, absence of love, manipulation, addiction, empowerment- and weakness.. its all here! You have rocked this concept, and left any and all attempts to try and remotely mimic this piece, due to the strong inspiration you delivered... in the f-ing dust! One of the best I have read!!- deranged puppet master manipulative expertise pathetic satisfaction forcing puppets to their knees the word play coulnt be more clever- its almost sick how badass this poem is!-Maddi



Wow M - that is some humbling praise indeed :) Thank you!

ginga commented on the ties that bind


tender, This poem is brilliant. I loved the way you numbered each stanza and also the way the tension built in an ascension. I believe this is a theraputic release. ginga



absolutely a release....thanks G :)

devaamido commented on the ties that bind


It's beautiful the way you've taken the dirty tricks played on you to convince you to stay trapped, and have woven them into a fine and insightful tapistry.....................................d



a tapestry of truth - thanks again D :)

JadedJezzabel commented on the ties that bind


subsumed my sexuality all preferences disdained an orgasmic addiction while intimacy abstained this is one hell of a the whole construction of this poem....truly a work of art



thanks JJ - I am so glad you came by. I always appreciate your comments - I think we have some things in common :)

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Robert Frost (1875-1963) American Poet.

tenderpoison’s Poems (116)

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la chanson de la petite mort 4
fallen 2
seasons 0
smoke 2
Thursdays Child 2
the edge 0
whispers 2
nothing left to say... 2
sense of season 2
suspension bridge 1
Legendary 1
Almost 3
compromise 1
the final line 1
weather report 6
lessons in loss 2
Walk Away 1
b*itch boots 5
fumbling, tumbling - falling down 6
metamorphosis mine 13
Secret Language 15
An Ode to StudlyVonFiel
the ties that bind 15
spitting in the wind 9
paradigm 8
talking in tongues 10
cloudy skies 12
really 15
well, I guess I know what it's not.... 13
heart of stars 17
The Longest Road 14
Legacy 6
Despair 7
Delusion 7
Inflammatory 8
survival of the fittest 20
ephemeral 13
the fall of the inconsequenti
Modern Love 24
apathy the enemy 9
Oceans 7
Consummation 11
"I don't love you" I said 20
narcissus speaks 13
destination 9
expectations 6
worlds collide 6
afternoon delight 7
my addiction 19
spilt milk 8
bay-area tourist beware 6
reciprocal 7
take the lead 11
losing what's precious 20
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bacchus unveiled 9
genuine 24
fool's gold 13
silence speaks 9
dark temptation 10
glass beach 9
mother love 12
sweet nothing 9
lighthouse 6
unbound 8
One Moment 5
Michael Jackson is Dead 4
parley 4
unmasked 4
stand 5
sage 9
Rising 8
the last word 6
prelude to bliss 2
unstained 4
insatiable 3
not pretty 8
surrender 4
forsaken 5
kudos 5
fine dining 3
Pieces 4
the tree 16
inches 9
priceless 8
25 years 7
only a dream 9
reborn 5
flicker 5
unruffled 4
taking the air 6
cymbol song 4
strike zone 6
nine days in turlock 9
through the pale 8
redemption song 3
Wise Men Know 8
not so ancient history 7
my forefathers? 2
American Memorial 2
bitter harvest 4
unconquered 52
what's in a name? 5
Flattery 5
me and a tube of crazy glue 6
eternal vows 2
Old Friend 5
directions to destiny 4
Illumination II (a rewrite) 7
Illumination 6
submission - things they don't teach girls 22
Echo 20
Bride 16
Undone 21