Misery – Sarah Doughty

Sometimes all I want is for you to hold me. Let me feel your strength. Let me smell you, feel your arms around me and know you’re real.

I want to tell you how much you mean to me.

But, instead, I’m frozen in silence. And it’s only in those moments when I think you won’t really look at me, and see how much I’m feeling — how much I’m hurting — or hear me if I say something, that any sounds escape my lips.

The words you do hear are often apologies. Beneath the hundreds upon hundreds of I’m sorrys, what I really want to say is that I wish it could be better for you.

Because you don’t deserve to share my misery.

You shouldn’t have to be my savior.


Sarah Doughty is the tingling wonder-voice behind Heartstring Eulogies. She’s also the author of The Silence Between Moonbeams, her poetry chapbook, and the acclaimed novels and novellas of the Earthen Witch Universe. Good news, they’re all offered for free, right here! To learn more about how awesome Sarah is, check out her website, stalk her on Goodreads, or both.

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22 thoughts on “Misery – Sarah Doughty”

  1. Beautiful and so touching. I can really relate to this. and feel the same about my husband. So many silent tears when we fall asleep at night. I hold his hand and wish I could say how awful I am really feeling… but it’s enough for him to just see me without having to tell him how much is buried beneath what he sees on the surface. Wonderfully written ❤

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  2. Sarah, you never fail to touch my soul.

    P.S. I read “The Silence Between Moonbeams,” and I don’t know if I ever said how much I appreciate this chapbook. It’s beautiful, poignant, raw and thoughtful. I love it. ❤

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