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Self Infliction Election

A poem

By Rachel PrettPublished 4 years ago 1 min read
Self Infliction Election
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How do I tell you

The years have tried

My heart

More than time

Has aged me

And the tribulations

Of my soul

Remain for you

And only you?

Every step I take

With cautious trepidation

For fear

Of discombobulation

Of a relationship I


Beyond all else.

How do I describe

The concern I feel

For your well-being

When distance

Holds still further apart,

As if

We were dragged away,

A Romeo and Juliet

In the making?

But what might I do

If you are not

My Romeo?

To what avail

Might it be

If I strip my soul bare,

Wear my heart on my sleeve

And you

Refuse me?

I'd just as soon


My heart,


My independence,

My singularity,

Forever the flagrant villain,

Than shed

Even a single tear

For want of you.

I'd rather lie

And break

My own heart

Than face

Your rejection.

And if this path

Leads to my destruction?

I shall welcome it

With open arms

Because then

I'd still have you.

If I am to be




Better by my own hand

And no other.

sad poetry

About the Creator

Rachel Prett

I'm a poet and a fiction writer. I can write quite decent essays, but I'd rather tell stories of the heart and speak with my whole soul.

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