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The first time I am unmade
I go willingly.
I accept this cost
For my home, my family.
Only when he tells me
Listen to your heart.”
Do I see the monster
They made of me.

The second time I am unmade
I beg them –
Let me stay whole.
While my mind is stripped away
I fight to hold one thought –
Who I am,
The person I made of myself.
Please let this be enough.

The third time I am unmade
It happens in the blink of an eye.
Torn apart so fast
I cannot feel the pain.
Whatever comes next
Is not my story.
And I die hoping
We did enough.