Say Goodbye (Break-Up Anthem)













I say goodbye to the emotional whippings

the beatings on the side of the tool shed

the slaps across the face at crowded A-List parties.


My term of indentured servitude has concluded.

Rip up the once lawfully binding contract

and throw its contents in a paper shredder.

In turn, let us erase our memories,

any recollection of our 4-year travesty of a partnership.


Each kiss she planted a poison ivy seed.

Each kiss drained my hope.

Each kiss crippled me.


I wave goodbye to the whippings

the poignant monopoly on my broken spirit

the welts that lined the small of my back.


I am free to find another woman now,

one with poison ivy lips to exterminate my core.



© 2011 by Charles Banks, Jr.

Written as CURIOSITY


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