“A Changed Person” Poem of the Day (2023)

“A Changed Person”

By Ashley O’Hare

I’m a changed person,

but not in the way I can brag.

I didn’t tour the world

or realize a strength I never knew I had.

I’m no longer naive.

I now know what lurks in the shadows.

I can never shake the paranoia

that I am approaching the gallows.

My plans were derailed;

I have lost my ability to adapt

and spend most of my days

chasing my own tail.

Time has worn me down.

I’ve lost the strength

to keep my chin up.

I’m at the mercy of life now.

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