“Twenty-One” Poem of the Day (2022)


By Ashley O’Hare

At 21 the whole world

is supposed to be wide open

with endless possibilities.

Everything is at your fingertips.

It is presented as

an exciting fact;

something to look forward to.

Let me be the honest one:

it is terrifying.

My life has become so crowded

that I cannot breathe.

My time has become spread thin

to please everybody but me.

Relaxation is a waste.

It is now or never

and I am leaning toward never

because I have never before

been this exhausted

not now I desperately

need to rest

before I can face the world


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