• by Mark Napier

  • why must i be strong?
    despair wears me thin
    my denial held all along
    causing me to doubt again

    i am tired and weary
    happiness a hated thought
    darkness holds me clearly
    alone this madness bought

    allow one last request
    a reprieve if you will
    that my pain would be less
    and my mind at last still

    will you grant me this
    my final last request?
    to find my needed bliss
    please can I not rest?

    © 2002 Mark A. Napier
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