Fresh: liberation by Colleen Kochensparger


picture this:
I am leaving this tower of roses and thorns
and slamming the door behind me

I was never yours to keep
and your tower could never hold me

picture this:
I am saving the princess myself
feeding her broth until she sits up, awake

your poisoned words were not enough to slay her
and my strength will bolster the both of us, from now on

picture this:
me, laughing, and never once thinking of you
leaving you behind, just as you could never bear the thought

the princess laughs with her eyes, looking up from her book,
and this moment, in a park somewhere, is happily ever after enough

Colleen Kochensparger is a senior at the University of Kentucky studying elementary education and psychology. When she’s not working at the library or editing the campus satire paper, she can usually be found reading in a tree or curled up with a mug of hot chocolate.

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