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Barb J. Lemasters

Hackettstown, NJ, United States


"I wrote this when I was struggling with alcohol addiction and depression. When I was in despair it was easier to tell everyone I was fine than to listen to whatever they might offer as a solution." - Barb J. Lemasters

The Decision

On the day I was born,
I came out of the womb holding a live hand grenade.
now every morning she asks me
how I am.
I say okay mostly,
because I don't want her to know
that I can't make up my mind
whether to let go
or put the pin back in.

(c) 2016 Barb J. Lemasters

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