The Poem that Broke Up a Relationship

I knew I was finished with the relationship when the individual for whom I had moved 450 miles away to be with, the one with Narcissistic Personality Disorder who periodically threatened suicide, gave me a book of poetry with this particular item marked for me. He didn’t have to tell me the poem wasn’t about dogs at all, but about co-dependence.

Biscuit
by Jane Kenyon

The dog has cleaned his bowl
and his reward is a biscuit,
which I put in his mouth
like a priest offering the host.

I can’t bear that trusting face!
He asks for bread, expects
bread, and I in my power
might have given him a stone.

from Otherwise: New & Selected Poems
© 1996 by the Estate of Jane Kenyon

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2 thoughts on “The Poem that Broke Up a Relationship

  1. indigobunting

    Shivers.

  2. Nor is this a poem about treats.

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