“Diminished Defenses” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Diminished Defenses”

By Ashley O’Hare

Every cloud in the sky

brings you to mind.

Every stormy night

I hold on tight

because the memories

never sit right.

They crash onto me

so hard, I cannot see

the leaves on the trees.

I wish when you tore me apart,

you had returned my heart.
I cannot play my part

with pain off the charts.

My cheeks hurt from smiling,

hiding the weight piling.

My shoulders cannot take it anymore.

Loving you was my choice

that altered my life’s course.

Losing you started a war

I was not prepared for.

I won’t make it out.

My defenses are down.

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