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The Wife

June 23, 2019
By TN BRONZE, Muncie, Indiana
TN BRONZE, Muncie, Indiana
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It must’ve been years, honey; why won’t you touch me?

Yellow yellow—everything seems all yellow lately

You come home and you scare me sometimes, you know

What’s that red liquid spotting me from behind your ear?

It’s tormenting me—thought you didn't take driving lessons anymore

Honey, take a good look at that flower pot

The plant’s dead—where’s everybody gone?

Click click in my bedroom, I’ve been dreaming like a circle

Falling longer into my solitude, I’ve been thinking:

I was scared of the cat—honey, it was self-defense

The floor sharded with broken glass

The alcohol’s all gone—oh! if anybody had come

Between me and my white light, I’d break anything

—That’s all I ask; oh honey, you can’t touch me,

Darling you're a narcissist—you need to calm down

Look at that wall—it ain’t white anymore, the hole in it is growing

Won’t you see deeper in me?

My love, my love, how I never thought we’d be here

But don’t we see something wonderful?

Listen—your heels and words they break my bones.



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TN BRONZE said...
on Jul. 7 at 9:50 pm
TN BRONZE, Muncie, Indiana
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@cammydavid yeah. In this case, I thought rawness in diction and phrasing was more appropriate :)

cammydavid said...
on Jul. 7 at 9:15 pm
cammydavid, Chicago, Illinois
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@TN also there's no flowery language and for some reason I like that a lot lol

cammydavid said...
on Jul. 7 at 9:12 pm
cammydavid, Chicago, Illinois
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@TN I see. This definitely isn't your typical poem. I love it!

TN BRONZE said...
on Jul. 7 at 7:25 pm
TN BRONZE, Muncie, Indiana
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@cammydavid tysm!! :) The poem was more than anything meant to capture the mentality of one person in that domestic environment. I thought that a monologue from that person addressed directly to another character best achieved my purpose.

cammydavid said...
on Jul. 7 at 7:19 pm
cammydavid, Chicago, Illinois
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@TN that's okay lol it's fairly clear! I also love the style of narratiom. It's interesting and creative.

TN BRONZE said...
on Jul. 7 at 7:08 pm
TN BRONZE, Muncie, Indiana
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@cammydavid yes it is! i probably should have put that in the description.

cammydavid said...
on Jul. 7 at 7:05 pm
cammydavid, Chicago, Illinois
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correct me if im wrong. This is a poem about domestic abuse/addiction right?


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