Inheritance is about growing up in a toxic household and desperately trying to get away from inheriting the toxic traits of your family members. In the end, your efforts prove to be useless. This poem is inspired by the fact that I often thought about running away as a small child, and attempted to do so on a couple of occasions.
I tried to run.
My feet grazing the earth,
My skin cutting through air.
I tried to run away.
My heart leaping out of my chest,
My lungs fighting my labored breathing.
I tried to run away from you.
Your words spewing out like a running faucet and stinging like hot water burning your tongue.
Your fists like rocks, condemning me for your own sins as if this were Mosaic Law.
I tried to run from it all.
Treating me like the glass you broke when you got upset,
Your apologies never gave me comfort since I never heard them.
But no matter how fast I ran,
How far I ran,
I could not run away
from the traits you inherited.