Groundwork

Groundwork

I would like to rely a little more on myself

and not see hope as a chore,

like eating healthy or being kind to my anxiety,

something other than just coping

when lack of sleep slides into the bed beside me

and swears he’s the only intimacy I’m worth.

Can I place a hand over where it hurts,

yours or mine, or both together,

allow scars to touch bare skin

without lying about their origin,

my longings and wishful thinkings,

mistakes and misplaced trust.

Of the things I find hard to accept,

the most difficult is knowing

how the next steps require

I must let go of them all.

One thought on “Groundwork

  1. I like how the first and last few lines tie in with the title. If understand correctly, you’re presenting the ideas of overcoming shortcomings, of not being reliant on them, and of setting the accepted self as a foundation for living. And considering the definition of groundwork, you’ve placed the focus in a concise way on the self as the most important effort that makes all other efforts possible. A reader walks away thinking ‘I am the groundwork.’

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