A Poem by No.

I used to burn candles in my room to bury the smell of past lives, scents like roses or geraniums sticking to the paint on my wall.  But the flame threw shadows of stories I should have forgotten against my furniture, and I had to bite something to keep the panic inside me.  I used to know all these simple ways to make love scream, but it always got too loud.  Now the vibrations are still in the floorboards, creaking when I step in those forbidden places and unleashing new tremors with old feelings. 


But I've got something much stronger than a candle burning inside me these days, and the decay of the past is something I can watch without feeling cold.  I am wrist to wrist with something I can't quite fathom, something I never thought could be as real as everyone else made it seem. 


They changed the carpet while I was away - the dark one where only I could see the stains from blood and alcohol and the indentations from his footprints - and gone with it is everything I ever felt for him. 

© 2009 No.

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You had me at "wrist to wrist". This entire piece is evocative and elegant, and it encapsulates so much in such a brief space.

You set a hard precedent for the rest of us, surely!
But overall a beautiful, simple piece that makes you feel a bit more enlightened.

Thank you and keep it up!

Posted 3 Years Ago

That is brilliant.
What an exquisitely insightful and illuminatingly vibrant poem.
Well put.
Thank you!
(That's an excellent sounding pen name, too!)

Posted 4 Years Ago

I freaking love this, it's so beautiful.

Posted 5 Years Ago

That is beautiful

Posted 11 Years Ago

Wow! This poem was amazing! I could sense so many different emotions in this writing. I really liked it! It was a great read! :D

Posted 11 Years Ago

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5 Reviews
Added on December 29, 2009
Last Updated on December 29, 2009
Tags: memories, past, regret, living, change, new, love, fire, candles, carpets




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