A Poem by TK Little (dave)



Forth and back so on and so forth

Madness masking more madness

When a narcissist cries

Big, fat, salty

Crocodile tears of self love

For you to appreciate their


Insightful through the most insidious of manipulations

Unaware, blissfully, so blissfully you stay unaware

In an emotional waiting room

Preparing for an appointment

That was never made

Not for you anyway

You're just the vessel

My ride to the store


To the narcopath

Self love is

Self loathing

Self loathing's

Self love

Those who crave pity

Must first devour all of their own

Then starve at too young an age

From loving themselves

Much too much

Behind a shattered enough stage

A mess at the start

Even cats need learn their own claws

Professional confidence from something

Re-sewn, sutured, glued, reassembled

From pure disaster into smooth alabaster

Sharp at the edges, dangerous

This insightful love of the narcopath

Fierce now unbroken


Whole and all powerful

Distorted fully to experience zero reality

Floating among humans

In irrelevant situations

A deep love shared for the glory

Of one

With the strength

Of one thousand suns

Be careful

Those little emo black holes, ha,

They'll swallow your a*s whole

© 2018 TK Little (dave)

Author's Note

TK Little (dave)
Love yourself to death.

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Well said. Great write and I can totally relate having been on the other side of the Narcissists mental games of hide and seek. Manipulation at the very best. I love the style, it grabs the reader and allows you to feel as you move through the poem. Nice job!

Posted 5 Years Ago

3 of 3 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

5 Years Ago

It's an autobiographical poem.... I apologize on behalf of all the horrible narcissists you've enco.. read more

5 Years Ago

1 was enough. I'm sure I have encountered more in the world but living with 1 was plenty. I am fre.. read more

2 Weeks Ago

Oh dear - two science nerds - and me - too funny 😂


hey you - did I mention I was fired from my job? so now I don't have to see my narcissistic mutha f****r of a manipulative boss whois also a tad psychotic who never had his eyes on the game but did venture to be waylaid by my other two bosses - actually what a release, that guy was the puppeteer and all of his staff the puppets he did not value those who actually 'thought for themselves' I mean heaven forbid - thinking !!!! well as you know I was never at the end of anyone's string .....

as I read this proem I thought of you ... and you ain't bad ... like me you live in the extremities ... you have yours and, I have mine. Hard paths to travel, but I must say well worth it I think once we finally understand the true reality of our beings.

What's on the other side of those black holes - ??? A choose your own adventure new form and all?? I hope so.

Posted 2 Weeks Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

2 Weeks Ago

Rick. My friend... don't fall for my bait. I'm just an educated troll. Whether I believe you or no.. read more
TK Little (dave)

2 Weeks Ago

... but I respect this effort of yours. You have my respect sir. (mostly)
TK Little (dave)

2 Weeks Ago

I already knew your credentials before I asked. That's not how I do this. Well done for not gettin.. read more
Now that was an interesting read. And you don't make (n my humble opinion) the common mistakes of those that write free verse here on WC. You don't break thoughts across lines. You use whole phrases. If you write a single line, it stands alone. Subsequent line might add, but your single, stand-alone lines, stand-alone signally. I don't know how many others I criticized for this fault, but you don't make this mistake. Now as to content, I think that is especially relevant, too. Especially today. I sometimes write in free verse, but that is not my central-feel-good spot. If you want to see some of my free-verse, see "I am Penthos". If you'd like to see the center of my sweet spot, see "Wakjakaga's River Race". This was an outstanding poem. Highest marks!

Posted 2 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

2 Months Ago

Ha... yeah, you touched a button.
TK Little (dave)

2 Months Ago

lighten up dude

2 Weeks Ago


I don't know how many others I criticized for this fault

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While reading very keen words it unfolds powerful emotions for example line "Distorted fully to experience zero reality." That line got me for some reason but keep writing Sincerely your friend in writing and life.

Posted 7 Months Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

whew, really brought suppressed thoughts to the foreground. I've known this kind of person... had the most beautiful smile I had ever seen, and she used it as a dagger and band aid. Ah, the times when self destruction felt right. Believe it or not, many of us cling to this, masochistically of course. After all, attention is attention. Even when you know its only given for selfish benefit. Powerful write.

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

9 Months Ago

Attention is a strange thing. No one really interprets it right. I wrote this about 5 years ago an.. read more
Loved this. I'm very much an empath. But it helps to see the narssists view point..

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

9 Months Ago

You spelled narcissist wrong. Dickhole.
Laconic Meraki

8 Months Ago

Dickhole? Very mature.
TK Little (dave)

7 Months Ago

Lighten up. It's just not that serious.
A devastating portrait here of a self destructive personality type. Although the drug factor is mentioned in passing at the end, it is the narcissism that is most important. There is a healthy narcissism and a malignant type, and what is described here is definitely the latter. The narcissistic personality disorder individual really has poor self esteem and spends much of the time trying to shore it by manipulating others. The poet accurately calls it "self loathing's self love." Others exist only as means to an end. Those close to them, especially those who do not understand what they are dealing with, are put through the wringer until they catch on. Then they have a choice: either get the person help or run for their lives.

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

1 Year Ago

That sounds about right to me. It's like you almost used to deal with people like this for a living.. read more
John the Baptist

1 Year Ago

You're welcome. I was a mental health crisis counselor for four years.
A Forgotten Self

Losing sight of the Self to the masks we wear
One mask seeking out and attacking another in the chaos
A forgotten land unseen where the forgotten rot
Only in the darkness do we find ourselves
As the masks fall away we can learn to see
We are not as we seem, bundles of the past
Tied ever so tight to our faces
We look into the mirror and see ourselves
Our masks tied so tight
We see the past and mistake it for ourselves
We forget how to move and shift
That we can take off and put on our masks at will
We are not our masks, but we have forgotten
Know now, we do
We are our masks
It is not until we forget ourselves
That we might let go of our masks
Sometimes we turn to bliss to forget
Other times dysphoria drives us to let go
We use our tools called drugs to forget
Because it reminds us who we were all along
When we untie our masks and become nothing
We soon discover we are everything

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


2 Years Ago

I create the review as a poem them post it into my feed. The poem was inspired by your piece. Got it.. read more

2 Years Ago

It helps me track what I write if I post it to the feed otherwise it's lost to comments. I don't rea.. read more
TK Little (dave)

1 Year Ago

That's, actually, a really good idea.
currently trying to escape the arms of one mentally and emotionally...this one hit home for me. spot on.

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

I am glad I read this. It is well thought out and although I don't know anything about psychology or the labels psychologists use (narcopath, narcissist etc.) the poem seems to cover most people during at least some points in a lifetime. The best poems do that, show some aspect of humanity I mean. This poem takes the specific malaise that might trouble one individual and translates it into the general ache that sooner or later afflicts us all. I think this is an outstanding piece of writing.

Posted 2 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

TK Little (dave)

2 Years Ago

Thanks Delmar. I have a love/hate relationship with this particular piece. On one hand I do think .. read more

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Added on March 18, 2016
Last Updated on June 13, 2018


TK Little (dave)
TK Little (dave)

Johnsburg, IL

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