In this life I have lived and I have loved
too hard and too fast to ever make it
to the finish line in one solid piece.
I have lost my heart to fate and fools
and scorched my feet inside friendly fire.
I have broken my back against walls
and learned that love doesn’t mean forever,
and loyalty can carry a weight
far heavier than betrayal.
I have learned to love myself in pieces,
the leftover bits of me on bookshelves,
scraps of me pressed into memories
and spit from the mouths of strangers.
In this life I have lived and I have loved,
but god damn if I haven’t learned.
© Nicole Lyons 2019