Poetry

Misery at Sudden Denouement

I’m honored to see my piece “Misery” in Sudden Denouement!

A Forum for Divergent Literature

Sometimes all I want is for you to hold me. Let me feel your strength. Let me smell you, feel your arms around me and know you’re real.

I want to tell you how much you mean to me.

But, instead, I’m frozen in silence. And it’s only in those moments when I think you won’t really look at me, and see how much I’m feeling — how much I’m hurting — or hear me if I say something, that any sounds escape my lips.

The words you do hear are often apologies. Beneath the hundreds upon hundreds of I’m sorrys, what I really want to say is that I wish it could be better for you.

Because you don’t deserve to share my misery.

You shouldn’t have to be my savior.


Sarah Doughty is the tingling wonder-voice behind Heartstring Eulogies. She’s also the author of The Silence Between Moonbeams

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37 thoughts on “Misery at Sudden Denouement”

  1. ‘Because you don’t deserve to share my misery. You shouldn’t have to be my savior.’

    Beautiful heart-wrenching truth. With each write, you continue to grow and reach many boundaries. Many congrats, Sarah and keep up the fantastic writing.

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  2. This is amazing! And congratulations! 🙂

    As a sidenote: You seem to always write pieces that are so relatable. I’m sad you feel these same emotions but I’m also glad I’m able to read pieces that show someone out there understands. You are so inspiring ❤

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