Photo Challenge #191 – What’s To Aspire To?


Image: Brooke Shaden

She stood up and every time she was knocked down.

“Get some backbone,” her narcissist father said

“Look at me I take no shit from anyone.”

And he didn’t as he walked over every man or woman in his way.

But she was not like him

He was no role model for her,

Rather he was a bully and a man she despised.

Every time she exposed her heart it was broken.

The cruel and the manipulative

Fed off her vulnerabilities

Laughed whenever she protested.

Finally, she felt a punching bag

All substance going from her

What was left but a shell filled with stuffing

To numb and lessen the pain of rejection.

On her bed, she wondered what there was to aspire to.

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11 Responses to Photo Challenge #191 – What’s To Aspire To?

  1. Fandango says:

    Sad tale of emotional abuse.

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Very realistic depiction of narcissists! The only way to rebuild self esteem is to cut off totally.

  3. Amazingly accurate on how emotional bullying can obliterate an individual’s sense of worth.

  4. maria says:

    Sigh. I wish, despite it all, there is still hope left inside.

  5. Angela says:

    Such a powerful and poignant piece.

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