poetry

“The Bystander” Poem of the Day (2023)

“The Bystander”

By Ashley O’Hare

“Listen to your heart.”

“Listen to your gut.”

“Listen to me.”

My whole life has been spent

listening;

observing.

Playing the role of the bystander

no longer leaves me content.

I want to act.

Today only comes

once in a lifetime.

If my days are used

analyzing every detail,

I will run out of time

to live my life.

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