Why do I bother trying to be nice
When it comes back to choke me like a vise
And your harrowing words down me
In an ocean of frustration

Like a hungry cat looking for prey
You seem to stalk me day by day
Making me live on a constant alert
Watching for signs of your attack

The anger you leave after you strike
Is harder to swallow than I'd like
Gritting my teeth, clenching my fists
Trying hard not to break

So I sit and bite back angry words
Which want to fly up and away like birds
I wish you would do that too
Just leave me alone