You were the best
Stirred up chaos in my chest
Cared for me like no one before
Became addicted to you
Needed more and more

You were the first
To love me
To make me feel high
To see me as more than “hot”
To touch me in that spot

You are the only
To make me cry
To crush me
Like a fly

You are the worst
Vermin, dirty cheat
But sometimes
I still feel
Incomplete.

Ruth Elwood is an eighteen-year-old writer from Galway, Ireland. She will begin to study creative writing at the National University of Ireland Galway in September 2016. She has read several times at public readings, and her work has been featured in the popular blog Poethead and the Rose online magazine.

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Lara holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature. She's a native New Yorker, an after-school English tutor, and a bookworm.
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