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a trophy

I had carried it for long
everywhere I went
it was with me
I cherished it
pampered it
loved flaunting it
even when it almost faded
it had become a part of me
the very thought of letting go scared me

then I recognized the truth,
surrounding me,
it took pieces off me
a parasite feeding greedily,

I gave it a big shove-
it fell away, leaving me free;
splinters of pensive thought
lay scattered on hard ground
“it deserved the hard coldness too”
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