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  • Kimberly Nguyen

She loves me, she loves me not

By Kimberley Nguyen
Posted on October 1, 2023
Cover Image Title: The Winding Way
Cover Image By: Julianna
Classification: Digital
Specifications: 1620 pixels x 2160 pixels
Year: 2023

She loves me, she loves me not

The timing was all wrong

She left behind a life

To fend for his own

The only memory he has of her is her momentary touch

The spot turns icy as soon as she moves on

She loves me, she loves me not

As he grows older,

She finds her kindness and holds his hand

But he’s just another event on her calendar

Saturday nine o’clock

Monday seven o'clock

Her kindness was mistaken for sympathy

And he learned early

that sympathy is fleeting

Leaving behind a boy

To find himself on his own

He loses himself in the process

Surrounded by family at home

But home is where you feel the most belonging

Not where you lay your head every night

No events marked on Saturday

Or Monday

He’s a young adult now

He doesn’t pick the petals off flowers anymore wondering where her love lies

He knows she’s broken and her pieces are scattered across a sea of regrets

He’s now busy gathering his own puzzle pieces

Creating the bigger picture

He doesn’t believe in faith

His pathway is handcrafted

And he can’t wait to take the next step


This poem follows the story of a baby boy who loses his mom, a figure who is supposed to be a guiding light, not by death but by life itself. “Life happens,” they say, but nobody takes the initiative to wear a cape and make life a little less painful for the boy. He finds his way in the end after being in the dark for so long; he now is excited for his future and proud of the creaking steps it took him to climb this far.

[ * The End * ]

[Writing Editor: An anonymous contributor]

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