“Polished Pain” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Polished Pain”

By Ashley O’Hare

Peter Pan collars

Plaid flare skirts–

you must look polished

at your worst.

If you break down,

keep your head low.

Smile outside–

no one can know.

Straight A’s

Size zero jeans–

I don’t think

they were made for me.

I want to color

outside the lines

this time.

I want to eat ice cream

without losing sleep

at night.


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