ghostlyglory

United States

Message to Readers

this is the final-ish version of this poem.

i think i get this anger from you

February 6, 2019

FREE WRITING

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so you stick
green stars on the shower curtain
and say i want you to see sky everywhere.

but i do as you’ve done and 
spray water in a rainstorm
over everything you’ve touched

split ends and plastic bits swirl down the drain
like last summer’s sand caught
behind bent knees and folded elbows

the shampoo that runs down my back
streams in white frothy clouds;
i do not need you to give me a sky.

i go to bed that night
with a wet head and the ceiling
cuts green through my eyelids  

i pull skin off to protect my eyes
glass is the most fragile
but i like my shell sharp and shattered

every careful thing
constellates within you
so don’t try and give me a sky.

in the morning water pools to my hips
spills out across the tiles against
the pull of reaching western waters
                                                                                       
here i look for yesterday’s seaweed
here i pour baking soda on the ground and scrub you out from the grout
here i fish clumps of hair and mangled plastic and bits of skin out of the drain

here i learn from only you 
so pull tangled kelp out of the sink
and scatter everything across the bathroom floor

you see?
i do not need a sky when this is an ocean.

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2 Comments
  • Julius Caesar

    WHOA THIS IS SO AMAZING!!! IT'S VIVID AND ALIVE AND IDK HOW ELSE TO DESCRIBE IT BECAUSE IT'S SO BEAUTIFULLY WRITTEN <3


    almost 2 years ago
  • paperbird

    i was a huge fan of the original poem and this is an improvement on what was already a masterpiece! the broken up lines work well, i think. makes the ending more chilling.


    almost 2 years ago