I Once Shared Your Name

I once shared your name,
A badge on my chest,
With such blinding pride,
How could I have known,
That behind your smile,
And your soft kisses,
Our name you whispered,
Was laced with poison,
Cold-brewed and potent,
Born from self-loathing,
Carried in your soul,
Until, finally,
I reached for your hand,
And caught only air,
You called me a fake,
An idol of hate,
Projected on me,
A lifetime of pain,
Sharpened with cruel love,
Until it cut through,
This fragile armor,
My youthful fool-love,
Which shattered with ease,
This knife in my back,
Still aching, bleeding,
Just out of my reach.

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