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  • Writer's pictureHayden Purcell

Affirmation (A Poem)

I have to tell myself

This mantra on repeat

Because trying to say

I love myself

Seems just too far away


I wake alone and head outdoors

Again to fight my daily wars

I hope today, I will not stray

You're better than you think you are


And if I do and see a face

That makes me want to fall from grace

Pull away, retreat, repeat

You're better than you think you are


I slipped and fell

And tumbled through

Every kind

Of wicked hell

Held back desires

I lost in fires

Left with ashes

Another scar

You're better than you think you are


And then you came

A kindred spirit

But clearly destined not to fit

A piece of me I gave to you

Here take it, maybe you

Can do with it

What I failed to

Can't you see

You're better than you think you are


Those nights you lay upon my lap

Those eyes, your lips, a gentle trap

Yet as I move that strand of hair

So I could get a clearer stare

Maybe you can see in you

What I cannot see in me

When I look into your soul and say

You're better than you think you are


Hey, how are you?


Did it work?


How was your week?


I found this song and thought of you


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I guess you're better than you think you are


I didn't take the time to see

Where was my own stability

But now your silence

Weighs on my conscience

Heavily

Maybe it was never true

You're better than you think you are


Another saying I know

If you love something

Let it go

But it all comes back

Dare I seek you out

No, don't lose track

You're better than you think you are


I need to take a little time

And reconnect with what I meant

When I would look at myself and vent

You're better than you think you are


I let time pass in the hopes you'd fade

But memories in a sequence played

A constant loop

I just can't take

A VCR I want to break

Just make it stop

You're better than you think you are


I'll find some way

I need to try

To shake these visions stuck

Inside my inner eye

But unseen I'll go

It's getting really hard

To say

You're better than you think you are


What options left,

To double down

Remove myself from your proper noun

Was it my only destination

That I revert to isolation

Better left alone

Than to idolise your throne


Now every day I wake alone

To worry that I'll fall astray

And throw my progress all away

Pull away, retreat, repeat

You're better than you think you are

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