Who Will Wipe This Blood Off Us?

Who Will Wipe This Blood Off Us?

A Poem by Ethan

Hide-and-go peek.


Slice my skin and peel the layers back,

Tabula razor, bleached onion.

Poor and white as melting snow,

The shavings slip off smoothly.

Ah, the air stings my insides.

Plasma, run true. Strike your mark

With delicious drops of goodness,

Pollock, Quentin, Jean-Luc.

Il n'est pas de sang, il est rouge.

To bleed or not to bleed, that is digestion.

Blood, blood, wet my feet.

Spread your paint across my sheet

So I can finally fall asleep.

© 2017 Ethan

Author's Note

Reviews are always appreciated. The title is taken from Nietzche's "Parable of a Madman." The painting is Pollock's "Ruby Red Circus."

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WOW! This is amazingly imaginative for such a cruel punishing topic! So many messages on this website sound dire & depressed, but in this case, you've made sorrow into art (which to me is the point of writing). You use so many flip-flopped & uninhibited expressions to describe the feelings, it's really quite amazing. For example: "To bleed or not to bleed, that is the digestion" . . . this is so freaky interesting truthful thought-provoking. It helps me get outside me own usually rigid straightforward style of thinking & writing.

Posted 1 Year Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


1 Year Ago

Thank you so much


This is very unique description of sadness and depression and just wanting it all to end. At least that's what I get from it. Love it.

Posted 2 Months Ago

This is honestly fantastic, I was a bit worried about the start because obviously it's a sensitive subject, but you approached it with grace and absurdism and I loved it - it felt very honest and true despite this, which is very impressive and hard to do. LOVE it.

Posted 2 Months Ago

WOW! Descriptive, creative, and excellent flow. Keep up the great work!

Posted 6 Months Ago

Omg this piece of writing is so amazing It touched me in ways many don't this is me thinking things like that change life in too many ways.

It has me in tears tbh

Posted 1 Year Ago

thas is awesomely gruesome.

Posted 1 Year Ago

I have a useless review in that I have nothing tp say that hasn't already been said. this is amazing. I especially liked the table razor line. What a wonderful play on words there.

Posted 1 Year Ago

Wow !!! Just so cruel !!! :D amazing

Posted 1 Year Ago

Thought provoking. This piece, showing to US the mind of the Madman... Your insight is very intuitive. Keep writing dear Poet!

Posted 1 Year Ago

I love the line of French in the end there!

Posted 1 Year Ago

This one already has so many nice reviews!
I just wanted to add that I love that you used more than one language, somehow it makes it sound even more diverse and poetic. You really put in some thought provoking imagery and it is very inspiring to say the least.

Posted 1 Year Ago

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Added on July 29, 2017
Last Updated on July 29, 2017
Tags: poetry, prose, free verse, blood, death, skin, reflection




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