‘keep your dignity’ ‘rise above’
‘stand straight’ and ‘hold your head up high’
These mantras for the end of love
‘don’t ever let ’em see you cry’
‘times a great healer’ so they say
‘things happen for a reason’ – why?
These words are little but cliché
All things must end, all loves must die
and I have never seen the shame
In showing suffering and pain
I tattooed my heart with your name
And now I lose my mind again
‘the best revenge is living well’ or so they say,
but who are ‘they’ to tell me, anyway?
Lisa Pouncer, April 2017