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Taylor Swift's Exclusive Vogue Poem

Dec 06, 2017

In the January issue of British Vogue, Taylor reflects on the lessons learned as she moves into the next chapter of her life in a poem written exclusively for #NewVogue.

The Trick to Holding On

Let go of the ones who hurt you 
Let go of the ones you outgrow
Let go of the words they hurl your way 
as you’re walking out the door 
The only thing cut and dry 
In this hedge-maze life 
Is the fact that their words will cut 
but your tears will dry 

They don’t tell you this when you are young
You can’t hold on to everything 
Can’t show up for everyone 
You pick your poison 
Or your cure 
Phone numbers you know by heart 
And the ones you don’t answer any more

Hold on to the faint recognition in 
the eye of a stranger 
As it catches you in its lustrous net 
How quickly we become intertwined 
How wonderful it is to forget 
All the times your intuition failed you 
But it hasn’t killed you yet
Hold on to childlike whims and moonlight swims and your blazing self-respect 

And if you drive the roads of this town
Ones you’ve gone down so many times before 
Flashback to all the times
Life nearly ran you off the road 
But tonight your hand is steady 
Suddenly you’ll know 
The trick to holding on
Was all that letting go 

Taylor Swift