I can’t help
what you think
of me
it really is not

I can’t help
what you think
I said
Or did
Or didn’t say
Or didn’t do

I can’t help
if you ghost me
malign me
assume things
resume things
most important
presume everything

I can’t help
if you don’t answer my calls
ignore my calls
pretend we were never friends

I thought we were destined
had a connection
talked all the time
sometimes until 2 a.m.

I can’t help it
If you
stopped being you
to me

I can’t help
the conversations you have
In your head
about me
without me

But who I can help
is me

About this poem

Written in a short time after someone who I thought was a new "good" friend ghosted me. Even at my ripe 'ol age, being ghosted is hurtful.

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Written on November 01, 2023

Submitted by highaltitudemama on February 27, 2024

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Scheme ABcxcxxx ABdxxe Accffxx Aggxxx xxxx xeec Axdcc ac
Closest metre Iambic dimeter
Characters 599
Words 127
Stanzas 8
Stanza Lengths 8, 6, 7, 6, 4, 4, 5, 2

Stacey Powells

A published writer since 1996, Stacey’s stories have covered everything from parenting issues, local news, travel, and a hodgepodge of everything else. Her work has appeared in Island’s Magazine, Divulge Magazine, The Mammoth Times and Eastern Sierra Wedding Guide. She is a 2020 Community of Writers alumni, and a 2020 Jeff Arch Fellow. Her play Stirrups continues to be produced in theaters and her book of personal essays, Empty Cupboards, launches in October 2022. Stacey has several novels, plays and screenplays in various forms of development. Poetry is a new thing that can't be helped. more…

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