Pain inadvertently
Aching in my bones;
Not knowing
If I’ll ever be
Knowing how
Every flame licked at your soul,
Doors crumpled,

Your panic set in,
thoughts that must’ve been racing
through your injured mind,
The pain you left in your wake…
Why’d you have to go like this?


Pause: Acrostic and Tanka

Please excuse the constant flood of
Apologies; the emotions I keep from you, hidden
Under good deeds; the
Silence around what I want to communicate and what actually
Escapes my mouth.

Let me take a breath.
You may not want me the way
I want you, but at
least you are still trying to
help me, trying to put up with it.

Prompt: Pause

Lately: Triple Tanka

This is the worst I’ve
felt in months – always feel a
sense of doubt hanging
over, a renewed hatred
for myself. You give no

Reassurance, though
you constantly take; leaving
me empty, craving
more. But, you have no plans to
fill the void you’ve created.

Only your selfish
need to get out of me what
you need to succeed.
Am I worth that little to
you? Am I that useless? Shit.