Toxic Lady

One day a lady asked

if she could join me

while I was eating

I said yes —

and added

let me buy your meal

As we talked

my chest tightened

I wondered if

I was having a heart attack

I was finding it

difficult to breath

I have discovered

others can transfer

their emotions

to me

I absorb their emotional pain

and it hits my chest

I feel like I’m having

a heart attack

We finished talking

and eating

and walked away

without exchanging

personal information

like phone or text


That night I had nightmares

She was part of them

I believe

she transferred

her toxic feelings

to me

Many reading this

will say this can’t happen

Others will say

it is possible

and probably did happen

I pray

she gets help

and I don’t meet up

with her again

(October 30, 2021)

Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

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