“Breaking Down” New Poem of the Day (2023)

“Breaking Down”

By Ashley O’Hare

Time after time

I find myself

crying on the floor,

claiming to be fine.

The world twists

and contorts; transforming

into a reality

foreign to mine.

My mind is incapable

of keeping pace

with salty streams of tears

rolling down my face.

I choke through

shaking, staggered breaths-

fighting to keep my strength.

There’s no other option.

Time after time

I wait for the tears

to stop falling

and ignore my fears-

forcing my legs

into rising.

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