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Are you just visiting
or are you here to stay?
I’ve never had someone
last more than just a day.
Are you in it forever
or just for tonight?
I’ve never known a lover
who could bring me to the light.

Are you sure this is what you want
and not just what you need?
I’d rather you leave now
than leave my heart out to grieve.
Are you an open book
or a mystery in sheath?
Perhaps if you leave now
tomorrow will be a relief.

© Autumn Siders 2014
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My physical scars
have only me to blame:

The divot above my eye
from scratching chicken pox,
the bump upon my head
caused by a nail,
the scratch down my cheek
from a cat less-than-impressed,
the discoloration on my knees
from racing trash cans down a hill.

My emotional scars
have only you to blame:

My inability to trust
which you, I obviously could not,
my lack of interest in love
which I thought was real with you,
my error in stringing others along,
which I learned from the best,
the wall around my heart
that I raced to build as you walked away.

© Autumn Siders 2017
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