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I Don’t Believe in Friendship | A Poem by Michael Marrotti

I didn’t sign up
for moral support
When your point
is erroneous and you
never think
you’re wrong

I’m not here
to be exploited
It’s been over
a year now
You still owe
me twenty dollars
That’s my
Black Flag tee shirt
you’re wearing
I feel like a consumer
Everything’s for sale
Even the courtesy
of caring

Having to think
of betrayal
when it comes
to women
is something
I’ve dealt with
But to me
should be

What’s the meaning
of friendship
If it’s rude
and self indulgent
A give or take
I used to be charitable

I don’t believe
in the contradiction
of friendship
It has no meaning
there’s nothing
to entice me
But I believe
in standards
I know what
it feels like
to be lonely


Michael Marrotti is an author from Pittsburgh using words instead of violence to mitigate the suffering of life in a callous world of
redundancy. His primary goal is to help other people. He considers
poetry to be a form of philanthropy. When he’s not writing, he’s
volunteering at the Light Of Life homeless shelter on a weekly basis.

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