Last Year

By Anne, age 19, Florida

Last year was your triumph,
And the situation was not so different from now.
I was over you, and guess what?
I still am.
It's almost sad how my mindset has not changed,
You're still not worth it, you still pity yourself too much.
Have you stopped to take notice of the extravagant beauty of life around you yet?
Have you gotten over yourself?
No? Oh my, it is quite a pity...
The year has been good to you I assume,
As it has been good to me,
The scripts are finally still and faded in the bottom of your drawers,
You've added new 'toys' to your collection.
Did you trick them the way you tricked me?
Lure them in with false promises and sweet nothings,
Until it was too late for escape?
I wish I was here to say that this year we're different,
I wish I could say the wounds mended and left no scars,
I wish I could say that you grew up like I did,
But I can't.
I can say that I have healed tougher than before.
Though you will not get a second chance to finish what you started,
I am ready next time I encounter this again.
Now I may have the chance to survive the next one like you.
This year, I am the one with the upper hand.

Editor's Note: Anne notes that this poem references an earlier work: "January First" (SDM, Feb '09)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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