“When I Was Eighteen” Poem of the Day (2022)

When I Was Eighteen

By Ashley O’Hare

I was eighteen when you found me-

Long blonde hair, skinny blue jeans—

Radiating high school from every cell inside.

You approached me; gave me no time to run and hide.

I couldn’t see through the kaleidoscopic rose glasses,

So I dropped all my defenses.

The timer’s on: eighteen months you’ll be around

Before you burn my life to the ground.

T-Ten months until you’ll kiss me

And leave me to throw up on the street—

No sanctuary in sight;

It’s going to be a long, long night.

I bet you didn’t count on

Your victim becoming a brawn.

I knew my limits, so I called the police.

You’ll never again hurt them or me.

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