This poem was written after ending an emotionally abusive relationship.
The piece comes from personal experiences, specifically trying to explain to others that there was something wrong, which to the outside world was difficult to comprehend.
The poem hopes to use every day household items to create a sense of unease, where the inanimate chair depicted as dangerous. The poem has no set form, and relies heavily on metaphors to convey its message.
The intention was to let the reader understand the sense of fear without explicitly naming the source, as it is this lack of clarity which results in so many victims of coercive control and emotional abuse understanding how to access support and in some cases, escaping or pressing charges.
Asking people if they need help will not necessarily result in an honest answer for this exact reason, but it is still important that we continue to ask.