A letter to a man I once knew

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You destroyed me. You took all that I was, chewed me up, spat me out. I walked away breathing, and even though my heart beats today I died there beneath your hands that night. You came out on top, like you always had to be. You killed off, systematically, every part of me that ever really mattered. I breathed my last there beneath your stifling fist. I gave up there, on that bed, naked, helpless, laid bare, nothing left to value, black bursting my corneas as I give up my last gasp of air, throat collapsing as as my soul shatters from the daily slaps and threats come to reality. You stole from me my hopes and my dreams, now locked behind impassable walls as this empty husk shies away in fear. And still you did not win.

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