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when you threw a book at me

January 25, 2019


i knew it hurt more than any other thing
you could have slung
you might have buried a knife in my back
or throttled the blood from my pounding
hands, but instead you hurt me
with this
and i thought i might nearly have felt
the white pages pulling oxygen from
my lungs like a string
or else the words would have
hit me like monsters---
the prying claws of the letter 'y'
drawing out my heart with a bloody sweep
or the vicious blade in 'p'
punched and plunked and pummeled me
and 'love' and 'mercy' and 'forgive'
were clogged in the flaps of my throat
and instead
a story grew there:
a story, planted by the book
you see, you hit me with a book
and i can only retaliate
with a hundred more words to
spew like waste into
the hard of your brow.


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  • loveletterstosappho

    the characterization of specific letters is so well done and gives the entire piece more life than it already has? wow i love this

    over 1 year ago
  • Dummie

    the two things i thought of when reading this was first, what rose said about the exchange between myrtle and harry, and also about the guy i like who has literally hit me with his book before. we fight a lot. haha, but on a more related note, i usually pick out my favorite few lines, but honestly i love every line of this. awesome! <3

    over 1 year ago
  • paperbird

    @rosemarywisdom wowwwww, oh my god. i didn't think about that before!! must be what it's about, now i look at it.

    over 1 year ago
  • rosemarywisdom

    I'm sorry! This is a really good poem!

    over 1 year ago
  • rosemarywisdom

    Is it weird that this made me think of this exchange...

    "“Who’s that?” glugged Myrtle miserably. “Come to throw something else at me?”

    Harry waded across to her stall and said, “Why would I throw something at you?”

    “Don’t ask me,” Myrtle shouted, emerging with a wave of yet more water, which splashed onto the already sopping floor. “Here I am, minding my own business, and someone thinks it’s funny to throw a book at me…” "

    over 1 year ago
  • AbigailSauble

    I like how you wrote this in a continual sentence. Great imagery, as well! =)

    over 1 year ago
  • JCWriter

    The lines that stuck out to me the most: "and 'love' and 'mercy' and 'forgive' / were clogged in the flaps of my throat". Good job on this one!

    over 1 year ago