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by Lisa Tittle Caballero

a movie cliche
I am untethered again
and drifting

losing contact
losing imprint
and fading

it is familiar
and uninteresting

It is a repetition
I am repeating
a reflection of characteristics well-worn enough to start wearying
and wearing thin and

this again?

And this again

And this again
I am slipping

I have to say
it is
not entirely

except for the remembering
that I was never entirely pleasing
when I got like I’m getting

I find myself wishing I had read books full of characters
that people valued less as they re-became who they were
easing off and maybe even

but I read the opposite kind of books on purpose
and now
I am not easing
this is not easy
and I am scared

repeating words I find wise

“be yourself
and the people who stay
will be the people who like
who you really are”

it’s just
I remember being lonely

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  1. Lisa
    September 28, 2015

    Strange I just realized the last half of the poem is cut off in my view… Is retreating the last printed line?

    • September 28, 2015

      So sorry, yeah it ended at the retreating line. I fixed it, let me know if there are any other issues. I have no idea how I missed that.

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