poetry

“Just Surviving” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Just Surviving”

By Ashley O’Hare

I’ll hand it to the old me–

she knew how to survive.

If I had read her story,

all I could have done was cry.

On paper, it looks so much worse.

Back then, I was trying to make it work.

My heart has been under lockdown

since that very first meltdown.

If I had let my emotions have a say,

I would have immediately ran away.

Real stories don’t get happy endings,

they simply continue going

like run-on sentences.

I’m still in the midst of it,

but my heart has broken free.

How am I supposed to survive this

when I can no longer pay the fee?

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