I decided to be strong,

remian firm, and move on

but I made the mistake of looking back

and here I am, once again.

I thought I would never cave

when time came, I would be brave

but I made the mistake of letting fear in

and here I am, once again.

I promised to put my happiness first

let go of all that isn’t worth

but I made the mistake of caring too much

and here I am, once again.

I so wished to feel, for once

the air of freedom in my tired lungs

but I made the mistake of forgetting to run

so here I am, once again.

And when I felt that I could finally redeem

out of this nightmare and into a new dream

I realized that it was a trap

that kept bringing me here, again, again and again.

-Iflah Laraib

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