“How I Cope” Poem of the Day (2022)

“How I Cope”

By Ashley O’Hare

My heart is beating in my throat.

I’m running in circles

because that is the only way I can cope.

I’m turning up the volume on my phone.

I have to drown out the sorrow

before I’m reminded that I am alone.

But I keep hope in my back pocket

so when the doubt floods in,

I can fight it.

I am not weak.

I am not defenseless.

For myself, I can speak.

I will raise my voice

until my throat is numb

to all the girls and boys

who broke me all at once.

I am not scared-

there is something in my eye

I would never dare

to tell you why.

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