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  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I don't like to be punched: dragged across mud so thick that gravel writes its name in graffiti across my back. Your name is spelled in graphite across my forehead, Your fist print is etched in the soft folds of my stomach While my throat tries to repair the broken layers of my lungs... I d...
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    Humans in their weakest hour Shrink away from the sun and hide In dim rooms with the blinds closed and the cords pulled tightly So that their eyes can remain sentient of their faults. They are incapable of insouciance, And so they recoil from the illusory light that floods from the heavens. ...
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    This diamond ring molds around my finger Growing fat on vanity and lethargy While my other famished fingers grow Anorexic for love while craving a sparkling specimen of devotion. This diamond ring symbolizes trite wanton values And lustful desires we place in our materialistic marriage to fa...
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    I was good enough before- Even when I thought that cooking and cleaning were mundane tasks Assigned to hold me back. Even when my little feet were too busy Running up and down the chicken house or alongside my brothers. I was good enough before I was a woman. I would rather spend my a...
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    I was good enough before- Even when I thought that cooking and cleaning were mundane tasks Assigned to hold me back. Even when my little feet were too busy Running up and down the chicken house or alongside my brothers. I was good enough before I was a woman. I would rather spend my a...
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    Love is a degraded art. I have been dumbed down and poisoned with just enough polite characteristics of humanity, to pass as a carnivore that occasionally feels, eats, sleeps, and then procreates just enough people to continue the cycle. My life purpose has been utterly defined and stretch...
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    After the concert, and the unsuspecting line of singers lined up in the back to form an assembly line, I snuck towards the door, but was stopped by an elderly lady. “You have such a nice voice,” she began, while reaching for my hand, “such a lovely voice.” “Thank you,” I began, ...
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    I tried to splatter water colors across the barren horizon, But I tripped over my frayed shoelaces and landed in a puddle of ugly. I tried to whisper enchanting monochrome wishes into a mendacious society But found that they wandered into the feral circuitious wind and out of my bare, open han...
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    Before, I was carried on China Plates and Balanced on thin strands of Silk And adorned with pearls and your Romantic sentience. Before, You cared more about the tone and speed of Your words than about the Corrosive silence That chains my wrists and throat. Before, You were more conc...
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    I am word grazing- Scything down entities until I can only write my polyester wishes on the Yellowing walls. My fist clutches at empty air, And the floor is crowded with bleak discarded shells of newspapers. It is too crowded for me to breathe Poetry today. I have taken a vow of si...
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    He said that I speak English pretty well for being black. I wanted to tell him that he is pretty ignorant for being an adult. But I bit my tongue, Because I have been taught to respect others Whether they respect me or not. She said that I was rather pretty for being black, But that my brea...
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    Yesterday, I believed I was beautiful Because I had listened to your heartbeat and I thought it had regulated mine. How stupid To allow a facilitating human To handle something like that. Remind me to never Never Ever Make that mistake again. I have wrapped my bed in chains ...
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    The stonewall is crying mortar out through its ustulated pores, And the sun is drawing squatty pictures on the needled grass: Shadow people with starchy legs and thighs. Mom says we need rain because her flowers are dying, Because the earth has become so bloated that it burps dust And ashes....
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    Wisdom doesn’t always seep from Dusty books and astute elders Who memorize words in Latin Just so that they can pray more Effectively. Sometimes wisdom Is simply breathing In and out. My dreams hold all the answers My fragile soul wants to know And I regurgitate my delicious Percep...
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    I forgot to burn the trash today, And so I watched it mount with Ice-cream boxes, butter papers and dirty napkins because I didn’t want to smell like creosote and burnt plastic. I forgot to burn the trash because I was too busy observing you Tear apart sheet metal off of the car In order t...
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    I have forgotten too easily the wisdom of Sophocles, Socrates, Periander, Thales, Aristotle and Plato. Forgotten how to write proper sentences in hieroglyphics and to respect all elements: The Sun, The Moon and The Earth. I have copied down Pythagorean’s Theorem only to forget it on multiple ...
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    Sometimes, when I wake up screaming And my veins feel as if five different needles have blown and imploded Their drugs and lies into my system, And my radio is blaring songs about libidinous pleasures, My pillow drowns out my screaming. Sometimes, When I am malcontent with the scars that D...
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    I heard a mermaid whisper. Her pale fingers beckoned me through the Watery cemeteries to Caverns where melancholy mythical beings Exist. I heard a mermaid whisper, And you laughed at me, Because you were too busy Stuffing your eardrums with Rubber headphones. I stretched out my finge...
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    I have spat on every single blade of grass And I have tromped around in my galoshes On every single tad-pole because I have forgotten to Respect my mother: The earth. I am too busy dreaming of Diamonds and golden earrings, And paying for my jewels with Blood money to realize That the ea...
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    I. Be: Be ambivalent. Be self-defensive and caring. Be attainable. Be the incandescent mural that outlines The walls of your spirit. Be forward. Be self-assured. Be dependent. Be positive, Yet aware. Be everything and nothing. Be. II. Ask: Ask what holds the sky up, Or why t...
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    She paints our friendship In pretty bows and Matching clothes. She colors her lips with Red flirtations and her Eyes with black seduction... She irritates me. She brags about the Things she owns while I dig in my pocket for a quarter, To pay for my normality. To pay for the "pleas...
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    He spins everything In blues and greens Because they are his favorite. He dresses me in taffeta and crinoline And builds castles for me to live in With his words. He opens the door For me every single time And writes scripted Soliloquies on notebook paper. He Pushes for nothing Givi...

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