“Want” Poem


By Ashley O’Hare


Four letter

with crippling weight.

Four letters

have followed me

since I was a child.

Who do I want to be?

Where do I want to live?

What do I want to have?
When do I want to leave?

How do I want to spend my time?


I never have an answer

when the question houses

those four letters.


I have never held

a clear definition

for the simple single syllable.


does not even look

like a word anymore.

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