Stop by Abbie Arnold

I am not yours
to interrogate,
to tear apart with attention.

I gave you what I could,
and all you did was ask
Why.

Now all I have
is mental images
and silent weeping before sleep
drowns out my awareness
and forced laughter
and fingernails squeezing blood
from the shadows of my skin
and rejection; loud, barreling
rejection
and giggles
and irritation
and anger
and
diminishing patience
and
a wasteland of resounding
Hope.

 

 

 

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… is a contributing guest author for Germ, which means the following criteria (and then some) have been met: possessor of a fresh, original voice; creator of fresh, original content; genius storyteller; superlative speller; fantastic dancer; expert joke teller; handy with a toolbox; brilliant at parties; loves us as much as we love them.

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