poetry

“Seventeen” Poem of the Day (2022)

Seventeen

By Ashley O’Hare

I wish I could once again

be seventeen years old.

I was wiser then-

I did more than I was told.

Now, with a wounded heart

and a weakened spine,

I struggle to play my part

and fight for what is mine.

My dazzling future

fizzled out;

destroyed

before my eyes;

blew up like

a firework,

now drowning in the sea

of my wasted potential.

Potential I lost at

seventeen.

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