I thought it was all over between us because when I cried, you just sat there … numb. Tears gushing forth from my eyes like a dam breaking, rolling on tumultuous waves, ever unceasing and frightfully dangerous. What smarted the most is that I wasn’t ready and I didn’t want this to end; you were still my best friend. Don’t you know that I need to be in control, and so it hurts like hell when I can’t make you love me? I can’t illicit the response I want, and I don’t know what to try because every fucking thing seems to fail. Should I put on a little more lip gloss? What if I try thick eyeliner and smoky eyes? Can I tempt you then? Will you be my willing victim? Do I need to lose ten more pounds? Or twenty? Or go back to skin and bones so you feel that you’re in control because you can lift me and toss me around like a light paper sack? You can fold me up and tuck me in the back of an untidy kitchen drawer until you have some need for me. Would you like that? To keep me out of the way until I’m convenient for you; I won’t be making unsightly messes all of the god-damn time, mucking up the image of this perfect little family. Should I just keep my big mouth shut? Say only please and thank you, and obediently shake hands? Should I swallow ten more pills? Or twenty? Erase this stain on the otherwise lovely little canvas you effortlessly painted. It’s all effortless – not easy – but effortless because you’re too tired to try anymore. No effort. None. My heart is breaking and you just sit there … numb. You don’t try to fix it, to bandage it, to heal it. Please put on a fucking dressing; strap, compress, and bind me if need be. Do anything but sit there silent.
This is not a comfortable silence. Every second that you keep your mouth shut is like another cut of the knife. Your abrasive blade shines and casts wicked shadows, speaking for you though your tongue is still mute. Why won’t you whisper even one word? What kind of cold, uncaring soul can just sit there and not offer a hand or one single word of condolence? You must have no feeling for me because you just sit there … numb. In your silence, I am berating myself with those words unspoken. No apologies and no admissions so I speak for you and that wicked voice says, “I don’t love you anymore. You’re an inconvenience. You’re worthless. Worthless bitch. Fat, worthless bitch. Fat, obnoxious, worthless bitch. Fat, obnoxious, demanding, worthless bitch. Fat, obnoxious, demanding, untalented, worthless bitch. Fat, obnoxious, demanding, untalented, wasteful, worthless bitch. Worthless. Worthless. Worthless. Worthless. You’re not worth fighting for. Not worth fighting for.” I have told you this too. In the silence, that is what I hear. You know this. You know this, and yet you do not deny it. Why is there no counter to my self-hatred? The lack of a counter is a confirmation. Your silence is acquiescence. Your silence says you have given up on us because I am trying, scratching, clawing, screaming, crawling, and you just sit there … numb.
What if I buy a push up bra? If I put my cleavage right under your nose, make your eyes rest upon my ample breasts, will you want me then? Will you touch me, kiss me, show some tenderness? It hurts to not be desired. It hurts to not be in control. It hurts to be screaming and kicking for your fucking attention and have you just sit there … numb. Don’t you see how much I love you? Don’t you see how much I need you? Don’t you see how much I want you? I just want to be wanted too. I need that. Without that, I hear those forsaken, biting voices whose evil, piercing whispers are like tattoos upon my skin, marks upon my brow, scars upon my wrist. Worthless. Worthless. Worthless. Bitch. Inked on me in some fancy script. You see the words and don’t try to scrub them off. Why won’t you help me come clean? Why do you let me fester amongst such putrid filth? I just want to be your good girl; I just want you to love me. I need you to love me because if even you can’t find some love for me, what’s the hope for me? You were the rock; you were my constant support. You were the one I could always trust. The one I could always turn to, and now you just sit there … numb.
So, is this over? Is it even me? Should I believe the wicked words that repeat on that obnoxious internal soundtrack? Or do you hear those words too and that’s why? Fuck up. Fuck up. Fuck up. Failure. You have no love to offer me because you have no love for yourself. Fuck up. Fuck up. Failure. That’s why you have become so numb. Don’t believe them. Let’s promise each other this: If you don’t believe them, I won’t believe them either. Let’s learn to love ourselves and one another again because I need your love. I need you – all of you – in my life. Please speak. Just speak. Speak to me tonight.