This Time Around

This time around…

everything feels different.
Maybe it’s because I’m older
Experience can be a ruthless teacher,
and hindsight seldom feels good.

At least now there are less surprises.
Worst case scenario isn’t as devastating as it was
for younger me.

I wonder when I say this is my last, “this time around,”
perhaps it might be.


This time around…
the tears did spill
from her eyes

This time around
there has to be

This time around
don’t, can’t, won’t
feed the contrived

This time around is just …