Below is a poem I wrote about how someone can use a compliment as a manipulative tool by taking it away, so to speak, if the receiver doesn’t “live up” to the manipulator’s expectations. My blog is the first place where this poem appears. Happy reading, and let me know what you think😊

You said I was smart
… until I began thinking for myself.
Then, “You’re not so smart.”

You said I was smart
… until I began thinking the way I wasn’t
“supposed” to according to you.
Then, “You’re not so smart.”

You said I was smart
… until you lost control of me.
Then, “You’re not so smart.”

There’s one dumb act
an idiot like me should do now
… and that’s to offload you as dead weight,
out of my life and off my mind.

Hey, that was the wisest move
I’ve ever done.

Teresa Sargeant is an award-winning journalist and author. She released her first collection of short stories “Inner Demons” in October 2020. She is the author of the short story ebooks “Eve the First,” “For My Sister,” and “Sammy’s Butterflies” “A Symphony of Silence” is her second poetry collection. Her latest short story “Healing” is published on Short Fiction Break.