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“silver MacBook in duffel bag” by Oliur on Unsplash

I don’t mean to burden you.

With the weight of my worries, my concerns, my trivial wants and needs.

I don’t mean to burden you —

with all the emotional baggage I’ve accrued over the years,

the weighty debt I owe to my parents and friends,

the times I’ve let myself and other people down.

I don’t mean to burden you.

Yet somehow, I always do.