Self-Destruction Button – Megan Ponton

Happiness terrifies me

My name is Megan Ponton, I am 24 years old from Glasgow and currently work in retail. I discovered a love of words but especially poetry a short while ago and while I am still learning about it. I feel my writing is honesty and from the heart and we as a society, should never forget the importance words can have on a person and the wider community.

Self – Destruction Button

by Megan Ponton

Happiness is a strange thing 

The more you have it

The more you crave it

Like a smoker, 

Desperately craving that first cigarette in the morning

Happiness terrifies me


In the past

It has been there in fleeting bursts

Rather than continued spells

Happiness is a great feeling 


You always feel that you are one wrong move

From it all going belly-up


As a result 

Hitting that self-destruct button

Almost feels like a comfort blanket

In a twisted sort of way

Trying to make sense of it all

Megan Ponton

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