“Holding It Together” Poem of the Day (2022)

Holding It Together

By Ashley O’Hare

The world beats the innocence

out of us all.

It makes perfect sense

that we grow up broken.

The older we get,

the harder it is to hold yourself together.

Glue dries with the years.

Sewing needles break with age.

Tape loosens with the streaming tears.

Maybe that is why

I held onto you so tight.

Your arms were strong enough

to hold every shattered piece together.

Boy was it a relief

to finally breathe.

But I understand

why you are no longer around.

I was never your responsibility.

I only wish I had the ability

to heal myself

and feel happy again

the way I was with you.

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