“Painful Hypotheticals” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Painful Hypotheticals”

By Ashley O’Hare

Lately I have been thinking of

those first dates

that never made it past the planning stage.

It used to be fun-

imagining the look on your face

when I confessed my feelings

with a hurricane’s grace.

I had hoped you would agree-

that your ideal partner was me.

My heart was stronger then.

Now I have no capacity for hope-

I am overfull with dread of another “no.”

Sometimes I wish I never crossed your path;

how effortless it would be to sleep

without seeing your face.

Then I remember how my heart fluttered

and I wish I could thank you

for the once in a lifetime experience.

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