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A Haiku Series

By Lindsay SfaraPublished 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - February 2024
Photo by Christopher Windus on Unsplash

Why are you like this?

I’m angry at you for this,

but also myself.


I want to tell you,

but if I do, I hurt you.

I don’t want you hurt.


So what do I do?

Do I open up to you

or hide the anger?


But it has to go.

I can’t contain this in me

or I will just break.


I would make it worse,

for this to bottle until

the beast is unleashed.


And what then, my love?

Will you understand my thoughts?

Will you still love me?


I am too afraid

of hurting you and being

invalid; a brat.


I care more for you

than speaking to what hurt me.

I am stuck with this.


Please understand me.

Please understand my feelings

and we can improve.


But I accept it,

if you can’t see what I mean

when I speak my truth.


I feel better though,

to release the true feelings.

They are out there now.


For you to see me

you must know how I feel, Love,

or we don’t work out.


Ah, I get it now.

For one to understand me

I must let it out.


If you don’t like it,

if you don’t understand me,

then you don’t know me.


I need to be real.

Only then can I free me

from this rusty cage.

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About the Creator

Lindsay Sfara

I'm just a daydreaming nerd writing poetry and fiction about mental health.

Follow my novel journey and more: linktr.ee/lindsaysfara

"Not all those who wander are lost" - J.R.R. Tolkien

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Excellent work. Looking forward to reading more!

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  1. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

  2. Compelling and original writing

    Creative use of language & vocab

  3. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  1. Eye opening

    Niche topic & fresh perspectives

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  • olymoolla2 months ago

    You have written so many beautiful stories your story is admirable please visit my vocal id and read a story please

  • sudip tarafder2 months ago

    Congrats! I enjoyed it!’

  • Dariusz 2 months ago

    Congratulations on top story :)

  • Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Abolarin Ebenezer2 months ago

    Good job

  • Rowan Finley 2 months ago

    Highly relatable!

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  • Anna 2 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳

  • Gabriel Huizenga2 months ago

    The haikus are a brilliant structure for this profound journey- thank you for sharing!

  • The simplicity of this highlights the emotions really well. Great poem and congrats on the Top Story!

  • Caroline Jane2 months ago

    This is sincere, elegant, and clever. Great poem. Well deserved top story!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Beautifully written. Congrats on the TS.

  • I always tend to communication what I feel because being open and honest is very important in any relationship. I used to bottle up last time but like you mentioned above, it'll only unleash the beast in me when I explode. I loved your set of Haikus!

  • Love this

  • D.K. Shepard2 months ago

    Lots of internal conflict, great progression in the haikus!

  • John Cox2 months ago

    This should totally be a thing! I love how you processed in this series the balancing act of addressing hurt with the need to be true. Knowing one another fully comes at a cost, but without taking the relational risk, you cannot be truly known at all. This is courageous and feeling writing, Lindsay. Great work!

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