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Loneliness by Ashley Pannell
At first, you were a gift,
An oasis in the desert of my otherwise hectic, busy life.
When I was with you, it meant I had no obligations, no plans, no drama.
My unlikely love.
My forbidden passion.
Then, you visited me more and more, slowly but surely,
Becoming ever more present in my life.
I became more and more addicted to you,
Like a drug I couldn’t get enough of.
My unhealthy obsession,
My deadly desire.
But then you wouldn’t leave me.
I couldn’t go out with my friends, I couldn’t talk with my family,
I couldn’t do anything.
You wouldn’t let me.
You forced me to sink deeper into your embrace,
A strangling chokehold, clinging onto me, never letting go.
My crashing downfall.
My one true despair.
You had slithered your way into my life,
Like a snake, stealthy and silent,
Until you struck, sinking your fangs into my neck, sucking the life from me, drop by drop,
Until you were the only thing I hadn’t lost.
My greatest enemy,
My only friend.