I was never

the fool

I was taken for,

that ugly

I was made to look,

that weak

but beaten repeatedly,

that strong

but withstood,

that alive

to live life,

that dead

to not live.

I was


by the destiny

of gods and stars.

I am

just the

hopeless romantic

I always was.


Scarlet Leaf Review, published 06/15/2016

Spillwords, reprint 03/27/2018