I know I sound harsh
Please understand
It’s not that I don’t
Want to be there for you
It’s that I don’t
Want to be the only one
Including you

I don’t want to be your crutch
Your single and solitary Light
In an otherwise engulfing darkness
Which is partially if not mostly
Of your making
The consequence of your choices

You have to find your own way
This I know
And if I keep trying to push you
In the right direction
It’s only going to get ugly

For better or for worse
Only holds true
If you’re taking responsibility
For your life
Not if you’re requiring me
To sacrifice mine

I won’t wallow with you
In your misery
Drag your dead weight behind me
Participate in your romantic notions
Of martyrdom

If all you have to offer
Is stress sacrifice and suffering
And if you expect the same from me
It is time
To go our separate ways

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