“The Illusion of Choice” Poem of the Day (2023)

“The Illusion of Choice”

By Ashley O’Hare

Please don’t judge me

for what I’ve been through.

I never did choose

to be used-

to get broken and bruised.

I only wanted to feel free-

I never could have foreseen

how a search for independence

and hopeful growth

would knock me to my knees.

With tears stinging my eyes,

I’ve searched for a place to hide-

somewhere to hand my coat up to dry.

So please look the other way.

Let me lay here and cry.

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