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Doesn’t Play Well With Others

Casualties Probable

By Kelli Sheckler-AmsdenPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Doesn’t Play Well With Others
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It seems our demons cannot get along

Your demons don’t play with others very well

Mine have resigned themselves to a quiet place

Adopted the new attitude, go to hell


You masquerade around, flashing the smiles of the gods

Hemsworth worthy, Mystical dimples

The pretentious way you smirk when you wink your eye

SOS warnings, begin in ripples


Stealing the last air that I was breathing

Making me feel better for giving in

Watching my eyes as they glazed over

The last thing I remember is that grin


Took the last that I had to offer

What I could give, was what kept you around

Empty and void now, of any surplus

Walked away, dropping your ace out on the ground


I always hoped that there would be a reprieve

Another chance to gaze into those eyes

I was the ace you kept hidden inside your coat sleeve

A winning hand, and you left me behind

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About the Creator

Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • Emily Marie Concannon2 months ago

    Ahh Keli Congrats on Top Story!! This was so good :) :)

  • Samara Simson2 months ago

    Soul touched :) Amazing!

  • Burn Book2 months ago

    *finger snaps* *finger snaps* I felt that last stanza ⭐

  • Austin Baraka2 months ago

    I Love it. What a wonderful way to express your past experiences through words, you've just touched my soul.

  • Marie Gebhardt 2 months ago

    Sounds like you had the kind of relationship I’ve known… I’m glad you’re able to channel it into your writing. This is powerful. Well done!

  • Allie Bickerton2 months ago

    That last line hit! Well done and congrats!

  • Scott Wade2 months ago

    Angst and emotions are wonderfully captured by your poem Kelli. They launched off of the page. Congrats on the Top Story 🥰❤️

  • Wow! This is amazing.

  • Diani Alvarenga2 months ago


  • Onyeka Egbuchunam2 months ago

    Touching storyline

  • Brenton F2 months ago

    What a brliant piece!

  • JBaz2 months ago

    'I was the ace you kept hidden inside your coat sleeve' love this line it says so much. Congratulations

  • Aathi Kesavan2 months ago

    Nice ...This Is Different Story 😃👍👍

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    So richly deserving of Top Story! Those last two lines were amazing and hit hard! As a Marvel fan, I loved the Hemsworth line too. Well done!

  • 😉👍❤️

  • Another awesome poem. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • KJ Aartila2 months ago

    Ouch! I can feel the "coldness" portrayed. Congrats on Top Story!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    Congrats on the Top Story! Yaaayy.

  • Heather Hubler2 months ago

    Ah that last line. So well written. Fantastic work! Congratulations on Top Story!!

  • More brilliant words from you

  • Dana Stewart2 months ago

    Your description of the betrayal is on point. Great work.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago


  • Gina C.2 months ago

    Beautifully worded and strung together. The ending was emotional and got me. Well done 🥲

  • Lisa A Lachapelle2 months ago

    "A winning hand and you left me far behind." Awesome touch.

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