Next Time by Michael Channing

Next Time

by Michael Channing

next time
i won't laugh
when my friends call her fat
next time they laugh at me
i won't shrink
next time he tells me to shut up
i won't
next time i say no
i'll mean it
next time
i won't drink so much
next time
i won't cry
next time i leave
i won't come back
or answer the phone
or second guess myself
or say next time
ever again

Promises, Promises

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Chokes and Warbles
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Chokes and Warbles, a collection of essays and poems by Michael Channing