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you had no right to stain her skin

with your fingertips as if you owned

her. those are the curves she once

wore with pride, but now they burn

where your nails left their scars on her

flesh. i hope you never forget the tear that

fell from her swollen eyes as you

claimed her temple as your

home. when you try to sleep at night

with your head pressed against the

cell, i hope her screams keep ringing

in your ears like the whole damn ocean

roaring in a shell. i hope that from now on, you

walk with your head down in the streets

because you’re too afraid to see her piercing

eyes in every woman you meet.

but, i also hope that you never feel

the way she did that night—

as if your existence was an

invitation while your heart a screaming

eviction notice. no, i never wish that upon a

soul. i just want you to show some respect.



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minski898 said...
Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm:
I love this piece. It's powerful and packed with such raw emotion. It left me speechless.Keep writing, you're amazing.
 
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ClaireCanHasAWrite said...
Apr. 3, 2013 at 9:07 pm:
That was fantastic. I like how emotion was conveyed very strongly~ in my opinion the biggest part of that was when you said ".. pressed against the cell, i hope her screams keep ringing in your ears like the whole damn ocean roaring in a shell." Awesome work!
 
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Laugh-it-OutThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Apr. 3, 2013 at 3:52 pm:
Wow. Just wow! Left me speechless. Amazing imagery and descriptions I am stunned. This is obviously the work of a pro! Don't stop writing cuz this was incredible
 
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S-Pride said...
Apr. 3, 2013 at 11:15 am:
I love the description.  It's fresh and powerful.
 
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