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The Line by Lauren Ebersole

There is a line

that must be drawn

for how much pain

you’re willing to take,

for how much hurt

you’re willing to absorb,

for how many lies

you’re willing to tell.

But the line seems to move

pushed back for any reason that soothes

for every excuse that gives hope

of an intermission from the pain.

But it is just a moment

before the pain returns

and you wonder

why you moved the line.


Lauren Ebersole (she/her/hers) is a civic educator who lives and works in Northern Virginia with her four plants and a lot of thoughts. She most commonly rants about politics on her blog, but has recently started writing flash fiction and poetry. When she isn’t doing any of those things she can be found cuddling one of her parents’ many goats.

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