“Coping Mechanism” Poem of the Day (2023)

“Coping Mechanism”

By Ashley O’Hare

The bruises have faded over time.

Muscles always regenerate their strength.

As long as I keep my mind occupied,

everything will be alright.

Dark, gritty memories can be


blended, and


into smooth paints

to recreate the magical

starry night sky.

Cruel current circumstances

inevitably become

mangled, manageable memories.

Knock the breath from my lungs.

Shove me down.

Even if you draw blood,

you will never break me.

I won’t let you break me.

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