To Leave or Be Left

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What is worst?
Being the one who leaves
Or being the one left?
I don’t know which hurts more?
Naturally,
The one being left
Is victimized.
They have no choice
And are usually caught by surprise.
They must learn to readjust
Or crumble alone
Without any warning
Without any preparation.
The one being left
Has been rejected.
They are not loved anymore.
They weren’t worth the stay.
They simply weren’t good enough.
But the person who is leaving
Has no one else to blame.
They self-inflict their pain
By choosing to walk away.
No matter how much it kills them,
The discipline to leave when they must
Is heart wrenching
Especially when you love that person
Beyond what any sentence could summarize.
They must leave,
Whether they like it or not.
To walk along alone
With no one else beside them.
That decision is something
The one being left will never understand.
But to be left
Is just so sad and discouraging.
Which one do you think hurts the most?
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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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