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Always Only

written by: Ann Christine Tabaka



It was
always only me,
always only you,
never anyone else.

Life set.
Schedules met.

There was no room,
no time.
Destiny had spoken,
counting out her
harsh demands.

I cannot say
what I cannot see,
and I cannot do
what I cannot believe.

There was a time
when things were different,
where things were not the same.

There was a life
that was worth living,
before life became too full.

Commitments taken over
by a convergence of lifestyle.

Now it is no one,
at no time,
as we struggle to get by.

Ann Christine Tabaka

Ann Christine Tabaka

SEPTEMBER 2018 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords.com
Ann Christine Tabaka was nominated for the 2017 Pushcart Prize in Poetry. She is the winner of Spillwords Press 2020 Publication of the Year. Her bio is featured in the “Who’s Who of Emerging Writers 2020,” published by Sweetycat Press. Chris has been internationally published, and won poetry awards from numerous publications. Her work has been translated into Sequoyah-Cherokee Syllabics, and into Spanish. She is the author of 12 poetry books. She has recently been published in several micro-fiction anthologies and short story publications. Christine lives in Delaware, USA. She loves gardening and cooking. Chris lives with her husband and four cats. Her most recent credits are: The American Writers Review; The Phoenix; Burningword Literary Journal; Muddy River Poetry Review; The Write Connection; The Scribe, North of Oxford, Pomona Valley Review, Page & Spine, West Texas Literary Review, The Hungry Chimera, Sheila-Na-Gig, Foliate Oak Review, The Stray Branch, The McKinley Review, Fourth & Sycamore.
Ann Christine Tabaka

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