“Eight Thousand” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Eight Thousand”

By Ashley O’Hare

Eight thousand days have come and gone,

but I cannot remember living a single one.

Did I waste my youth?

Were the risks worth getting by nail and tooth?

Of all the smiling faces I have seen,

mine never fit into the scene.

My heart is suffocating in this cast–

I’m tired of putting myself last.

One day I hope to feel with full capacity–

to step out and visit every city.

Until then these wounds require time to heal

so when that day comes it will feel real.

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