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-wallows, i’m full

Message from Writer

elle

i’ve been around a while. the form and the quality of my writing has changed over the years, but the themes are eternal:
food and the hate of it, family and the love of it, and youth and the mystery of it.

shared bathroom

January 20, 2020

FREE WRITING

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the week we four were roommates, we scattered hair, glitter, vomit, and blood
on tile fell our femininity and dignity at night 
the things we dropped were the things we carried 
that’s why we didn’t pick them up, I swear
they were too heavy
and our arms were shoved full of flowers so there wasn’t any room 

we weren’t ashamed of each other, 
but as the first hannah bent over the bowl and the second hannah pulled her curls out in chunks and the third hannah glued on shiny things and the fourth hannah bandaged her uterus,
all we had was periphery. The corners of our eyes.
because you can’t look at something that can’t look at itself 

the bathroom was small, but we all fit in it 
we danced around the messes and our mess became famous
our r.a. took a picture of it, because no tornado like ours had ever happened in the history of rooms
but it had, and it has
and when we went home we re-desecrated all
the places we returned to
with hair, glitter, vomit, and blood 
because, somehow, all the most womanly things
are dirty

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2 Comments
  • New York_dreamer

    I. Love. This. Like whoa, this sums up so much and in such a beautiful and cunning way! amazing piece :)


    2 months ago
  • Dmoral13

    how do i properly react to this? there's just so much burning inside of me, i just can't seem to get anything out. it's all fighting to come out and be shared. looks like i have to use the famous words of all mortals because i can't form anything else: god, this was good.


    3 months ago