I have spent a lifetime
trying to break away,
trying to break out,
trying to find myself.
Always on the edge,
always on the outside,
not quite a part,
of it, not quite
or a mod,
hippy, or punk.
I was early to realize that
what she wanted me to be
was what she had wanted
for herself, about her, not me.
I wanted to escape such love.
I thought I could escape.
I thought I had escaped.
And I did, surely I did
Escape some of it.
But not all.
So even now I feel tethered.
After all this time of leaving
I remain unsure
of my own.
© Lynn White
First published in Yellow Chair Review, June 2016
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