Empty Words

He will talk of
Empathy, perseverance, and forever.
He will call you Love and Sweetheart and Darling,
Purport to thank his lucky stars that you exist.

But soon you will realize, daughter,
That that man is
but a scared little boy
So afraid of the dark and of loneliness
That he will push you off the ledge himself
To assuage his own
Fear of falling.

–Sarah Clinton

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