“Your Smile” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Your Smile”

By Ashley O’Hare

The smile creeps across your face

like it knows it belongs elsewhere.

Why do you get to feel joy

while I am running scared?

Turn around- walk out that door;

my heart can’t take much more.

Keep your feelings to yourself;

I do not care who you adore.

My skin is crawling from your touch

like a hundred little bed bugs.

You were supposed to leave months ago–

I guess I’m fresh out of luck.

How much more do you want from me?

You’ve already stolen my dignity.

I’m beyond tired of staring at my ceiling

long past a quarter after three.

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