Salem

November 21, 2014
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I am made of nights like these,
when the moon is heavy
and the streetlights litter the sky
like cracked crystal.
Born of the last breathless seconds
of the witching hour,
I am made of starlight and spellwork.

These are the nights I know I have fire
in my bloodstream,
when I bleed black magic and bone dust,
paint wastelands over scars,
leave myself devoured, war-torn,
scraped clean with rib cage remedies—
These are the nights
I think I may be a witch.

These are the nights my body is an elegy.
I am a Salem song,
rotted hymns and scorched earth;
I fall on deaf ears and dulled athame.
These nights I bring trial
by arson to starved skin,
I make music out ghosts,
swallow embers and dusk,
with eyes like bruises singing 
wicked wicked wicked

These are the nights
I am not as sacred as I wish I was.

I am matchsticks and gasoline on a love letter,
I am everything the smoke stole from your lungs,
every flame kissed inch of blistered skin—
these nights
I am ashes and gutted hearths,
the hanged man in the last tarot draw,

I am the heretic and the hunter in one

and my God, I am trying so hard
to burn this body down
that some of these nights my words
light funeral pyres.






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Jasmine11 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 4, 2015 at 2:07 am
I liked the way you used the personification and other literary devices. Really love it. Keep up the good work!
 
NaturesInk This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Jan. 3, 2015 at 7:29 pm
Ok, where would you like me to start? This poem was absolutely amazing! I loved how it was so relatable; how everything in this piece was so true. I loved how you used sensory details so that the reader could really grasp what this person is trying to say. Just absolutely incredible everywhere! It was dark and yet light, it was smooth, yet rough. It's so hard to describe this piece other than it just had a hint of everything that makes me myself smile. Just a truly wonderfully written piece. To ... (more »)
 
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