Professional Writing Sample

I Don't Belong

Karen Kraemer

Karen?s poem was recently published in A Surrender to the Moon (International Library of Poetry, 2005).

There has to be a way for me to get out of this.
I don?t feel like I?m wanted or needed.
I don?t belong here and never will.
I feel like I?m just being used.
How could he treat me like that?
It?s almost as if I am a piece of property.
I really don?t like that feeling.
One minute he treats me really badly
While the next he wants me.
He has two personalities,
One I can stand, the other makes me so mad.
I can?t explain the way he makes me feel.
I can?t keep dealing with it, it?s going to stop soon.
He makes me so mad, I don?t know what to do about it.
As I sit here and think bout the way I feel about him
It makes me wonder what I see in him,
It makes me question
What kind of man am I looking for as a partner?