"You Know It's Not Real, Right?"

"You Know It's Not Real, Right?"

A Poem by Bee C.

My mind was a temple

encased in glass,

with a sign. “Don’t tap the glass.”

Visitors, patrons, vandals, thieves

would come, thump their fists on it and leave.

Glass broke. Sometimes fingerprints, other times not.

Other times, gentle touches. Barely cracks;

spider-web ribbons, and perhaps

the kinder of the regulars would pause to smooth over the jagged pieces.

Often glue, tape, cement. Band-Aids for a paper cut, or a fractured limb.

And the spiders would skitter, dance along my edge

until they found a straw to drop upon the damaged camel.


Then build again.


Over time I have become weak,

2-D, cartoon physics.

They touch it with their feather fingers and the whole d-d-dam barrier



And yet they in the museum books

have the gall to comment, “not real”. Not solid.

No, student. You have yet to learn that

the blood from your wrist runs like the wind in a hero’s Lycra cape

and just as red. You can shoot a demon in the head

before it gets inside yours.

Allow me my games of war, for they are the battles I have control over.

They are not beautiful.

It is not romanti-tragic.

Defence is not magic, but

self-protection is the epitome of biology.

Do not tell me the laws don’t apply and my

rules are wrong alone. There are other worlds that you will not believe in:

don’t exist if you don’t see it. Right.

Now tap my not-there glass and tell me

that fish can breathe in air

if I only try hard enough.

© 2015 Bee C.

Author's Note

Bee C.
"Sweetheart. You know that thing that makes you happy, keeps you sane, gives you life...
You know it's not real, right?"

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Its beautiful how you lay down each sentence with such purpose. your words flow eloquently, such deep meaning and well written. Keep up the wonderful work. xxx

Posted 2 Years Ago

I can relate. I think it's the curse of an author to be stranded between worlds- between a false reality and a real life tragedy to wonder what is truly real since half the world is stereotypical make-believe, false hopes, and sugar coated fantasy.

Your wording in this piece is beautiful and I will definitely be back to read it again.

Posted 5 Years Ago

I REALLY enjoyed this one! It really gets your attention right away and keeps it. Thanks for sharing!

Posted 6 Years Ago

Bee C.

6 Years Ago

Haha, why thank you very much! I'm glad you liked it Alexx!
Really powerful piece, just grabs hold of you and keeps you reading until the very end.

Posted 6 Years Ago

Bee C.

6 Years Ago

Thank you so much. I'm very pleased you think so, and that you enjoyed it.
it's wonderful...... good job

Posted 6 Years Ago

Bee C.

6 Years Ago

Thank you Daisy. Thanks for stopping by!
The first stanza really stood out. The vivd description kept me on the edge of my seat!

Posted 6 Years Ago

Bee C.

6 Years Ago

Thanks very much for the nice words! I'm glad you enjoyed this.
This is so cool. I love the parts where you kind of create words like romanti-tragic. This is so raw and punchy and full of wonderful imagery

Posted 6 Years Ago

Bee C.

6 Years Ago

Thanks very much! What lovely feedback. I'm glad you liked it.
This is so greatly written, I didn't really understand it at first but I thought about it for a moment and I think I understand the meaning now. Great Work!!

Posted 6 Years Ago

Bee C.

6 Years Ago

Thank you Kyline, I'm glad you think so! Thanks for reading!

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Added on January 21, 2015
Last Updated on January 22, 2015
Tags: glass, barrier, imagination, happiness, not real, real, reality, unreal, defence, fragility, personality, personal, self-help


Bee C.
Bee C.

West Midlands, United Kingdom

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