How could anyone already in pain be expected

To continue on in such a devastating liminal state

To be simultaneously abandoned

& expected perfection of

A perfectionist needs

Careful love

To quell anxiety’s

Too tight glove

Hand in glove

An unlikely


Still I suppose

We tried

Or I know

I did

Yet it was the

Kind of thing

Where no matter

How hard

I tried

It was a set up

& […]


© Niliema Karkhanis

Authour’s note: poem 27/30 for a month of poetry 2021. Click through to read the full poem.

Featured image by  Billy Huynh from Unsplash

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