Poetry Monday: Hating Yourself Only Hurts Those Close to You

You never see the fall
You see the struggles
Along the way but
You don’t see what
They do to you
And when they affect you
You don’t see what
You do to others
The ones who care
Are hurt the most
No matter how much
You hurt, it’s never
As much as how
Much you hurt them
Sometimes to heal
And to show how much
You love someone
You have to go away
To stop hurting them
And don’t come back
Until you love yourself

From the poetry collection Cats, Coffee, Catharsis.