Because I love you he used to say
The alcohol sloshing around in the bottle
Because I love you he’d tell me as I covered the bruises.
I was young and he could sweet talk like no one could
Love was a feeling that quickly faded
Every second was an eternity of hatred
Love wasn’t a feeling
It became a power play.
He had a temper like Hades
Broken bones and bloody rags
Because I love you he told me with his hands around my neck
Because I don’t love you I told him as I left.
Living in fear was not living.
Years of distrust and paranoia is in the past
Love is now a feeling I know.
Because I love you he says
Giving me random gifts and affection
Because I love you he tells me
Never raising a hand to me.
I am older and can see clearly
An eternity will never be long enough with him
Love encompasses my life
Because I love you he told me when I asked why.
Why do you stay?
Why do you support me?
Because I love you he said
Getting on one knee.
I will never hurt you because I love you more.