Still Empty

I had to find
the strength
to walk away.

I had to stop
looking for companionship
in strange men.

They used me
and to be fair, I did
the same thing I spent
many nights crying over.

I chased after that validation
that I was worth
more than a fling.

In those moments,
I thought I knew
what I needed but
I was wrong.

I walked away
feeling empty
every single time.