poetry

“Would You Rather” Poem of the Day (2022)

Would You Rather

By Ashley O’Hare

Would you rather

spend your days pulling yourself together,

or living freely for future moments?

Personally I would prefer the latter,

but I just can not seem to climb high enough.

My legs were not made to withstand the pressure;

my arms are not long enough to reach the next rung—

so I lie and soak in a bubbling tub,

coping with the fragmented solution of going numb.

I often dream of fantastical futures

where money appears out of the blue.

Long gone are the days of crying in my car

over heartbreaks and minimum payments due.

Then I wake up to the dim moonlight

and I roll over to cry into my pillow all night.

None of my dreams have come true,

no matter the work I put in to bring them to fruition.

My nightmares pay rent in my brain too

and they pay no attention to notices of eviction.

I would rather live my life in freedom,

but first I have to survive;

fighting demons along the way by my lonesome.

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