Invaded

There is a stranger in my mouth

an unwanted visitor who refuses to leave

even though I want him to go

There is a stranger in this house

he keeps making me forget

why he cannot stay here anymore

he keeps making me forget that

this house

this body

this mind

this soul

is still mine

There is a stranger in my mouth

each time I try to speak

his voice comes out

he makes me forget

the love I promised myself

There is a stranger in this house

he leaves trails of his sins

in the corners I can no longer reach

he makes me forget that

this guilt

this shame

this fear

was never mine to begin with—

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