Superfluous prognosticator, I am
merely sunshine
to your otherwise hot summer afternoon
I cannot possibly portray
myself as anything other were I committed
to honesty
and honestly when she asked if I meant it
I meant it
I mean it
I want it
I need it
I cannot otherwise be honest
open or free
without you knowing me the way I knew you wanted me
and now
and now
I’m gone

Suffering Love Laughing At Myself is the first poetry book of Adam Fletcher Sasse and is available at

Published by Adam

For almost two decades, Adam F. C. Fletcher has led international outreach focused on engaging people successfully. Working with thousands of youth-serving nonprofits, K-12 schools, government agencies, international NGOs and other organizations around the world, his work spans the fields of education, public health, economic development and social services, and includes professional development, public speaking, publishing, social media and more. He founded the Freechild Institute for Youth Engagement, SoundOut and CommonAction, as well as writing more than 50 publications and 500 articles. He has also established 150-plus community empowerment projects.

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