“Month After Month” Poem

Month After Month

By Ashley O’Hare

Month after month

I ignored the screaming in my gut

and the begging of my brain

working overtime to prove that I was not safe.

Month after month

my boundaries slowly disappeared.

When I looked in the mirror,

I was driven to tears.

Month after month

I listened to your rants;

your anger with how long it’s been

since you have been close to someone.

Month after month

my showers solved nothing.

I emerged with soap on my skin,

but still itched with the memory of your touch.

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