“Withhold Judgement” Poem of the Day (2022)

“Withhold Judgement”

By Ashley O’Hare

Please do not judge me for who I became.

I don’t like her either.

There’s something in her eyes I recognize,

but she’s got anger pouring out of her ears

There is no place for her here,

but I don’t know where to send her.

This caricature of my face

still helped me tend to my burns.

I’ve packed up all of her bags

as I anticipate the real me’s arrival.

It’s bittersweet to let her go–

she’s the one to thank for my survival.


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