“Guard” Poem of the Day (2023)


By Ashley O’Hare

It is not generosity

if it is given with expectations.

Don’t give me anything

so you can attach strings.

It is not love

if it lacks acceptance and respect.

A million romantic doves

cannot hide impure intentions.

Don’t take out a loan

to tempt me with money-

it chills me to the bone

that you think I would want it.

A life free of drama

is a dream come true.

I just want to let my guard down-

but it’s not safe with you.

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