“Future Changes” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Future Changes”

By Ashley O’Hare

My future has changed

a hundred times

since my sweet sixteen.

I’ve seen it all.

The million frames

flash across my brain,

rubbing my wounds with salt.

If only I hadn’t changed.

The story of my life

could use a new author–

one to make me

a future mother and a wife;

one who allows me

to fight for what is right.

This storyline

is burning seasons

of careful character changes.

All that pain

locked in a cage

rendered useless.

At least it has company

with my hopes, my dreams,

and my forgiveness.

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