I Won’t Settle for Less


You are mine, not another’s.

That laugh of yours?

Heard only

By me.

That smile?

Brought on by me–

If you know what’s good for you.


Every time you

Pull out your phone,

Drop time with me for her–

It hurts me, and then

It ceases to hurt.


Calluses form where

I had once cared.

Calluses that block out the pain,

But also the need

For you.


She has you, at least as much

As I do.

I want it all, though.

I want what I had



I want you.

You say I have you,

But I know it’s a lie.

I want every beat of your heart,

And I won’t settle for less.


I’m tired of feeling

Like I’m second best,

Second place,

Second in your heart.

I’m tired of you

Pulling away

To go to her.

I’m tired

Of every game we play

Including her.

I’m tired

Of every conversation

We have

Including her.

I’m tired.


I’m tired of being tired.


I want to feel


And I won’t settle for less.