General Poetry posted January 16, 2022

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A poem

This Time I Choose Me

by PoeticXscape

For years I had to work for the needs of others.
Friends, family and lovers.
In the past, I was the man who couldn't say no.
Now that man has got to go.
This time I choose me.

It is nice to do things for other people.
But sometimes, it is not the best deal.
You end up with more negativity than when you began.
Makes you wonder why you gave a damn.
This time I choose me.

Some will say I am being selfish.
But I am stronger for being able to tell this.
I will still give to those deserving of the cause.
But for the ungrateful, I will not pause.
This time I choose me.

Too often, I don't give myself a chance.
Always giving others the advance.
But now the advantage is in my favour.
And it is a moment I will savour.
This time I choose me.

My own wishes I had to leave,
I never stopped to see what I could achieve.
Only for others can be done.
But now I need to look after number one.
This time I choose me.

I will help others in need.
But I will not encourage their greed.
They have to learn to stand alone.
Without having to cry and moan.
This time I choose me.

I do things that have no point.
Just to keep their noses in joint.
But now the attention will shift.
And I will give myself a lift.
This time I choose me.

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