“Insufficient Recovery” Poem

Insufficient Recovery

By Ashley O’Hare

Don’t reach out.

I finally closed that chapter,

but it’s barricaded with

stuffed animals and band aids.

Don’t judge me.

These past few years

have taken absolutely everything-

there’s no point in wasting energy

on taking inventory.

Just stay away.

I don’t have a second layer

of defense to push back.

One shove and I’ll fall apart

with no hope of pulling back together again.

A king’s horses and men

could not repair Humpty Dumpty.

It is unfair

to expect me to succeed

where so many have failed.

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