Madeline Harper

United Kingdom

Flute player
A bit of a science nerd ngl
Animal Lover
Plant Collector

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Please feel free to leave comments/criticisms, I haven’t been writing poetry for very long and I’m determined to improve!

Cannot Be Touched

May 12, 2020


Tactile silence reverberating through my ears.
The shower weeps in an hollow bathroom.
Drip drip drip.
My eyes can’t take it any longer.
Bleak rusting metal distorts my image
and I scream at a sobbing caricature of myself.
The wind knocks at the door,
begs me to let her in;

so I do. And I wonder why I expected to see
the word sorry dangling on his lips
like his cigarettes, glowing without shame,
when that was the word he drew from mine.
and he’s not there. I should’ve known.
He never was, a man can be in the bed
but his mind was somewhere I never fathomed.
I step back into the shower and let
water cascade over my collaged skin
bu never penetrating my inner museum,
the artefacts reserved for people like
raw and rare and displayed behind glassy eyes.
Cannot be touched;
precious, or so I thought,
clearly my body is the only exhibit of any value.
Hours later I’m still filthy, why wasn’t he satisfied
with the identity he couldn’t grope?
Why did I offer him a crystal wristwatch
and let him take the box instead?
And I scrub and scrub but
the myriad of soapy bubbles just can’t
erase his erotic touch from my skin.
Maybe his fingerprints are perpetually engrained into my thighs.


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  • Ruthh

    Hiya! First of all, I love this poem so much! Secondly, you’re my 200th follower, so thank you!!!

    6 months ago
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    6 months ago
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    6 months ago
  • Sol noctis

    It kinda gave me goosebumps.....

    7 months ago
  • joella

    this is incredible

    7 months ago
  • mia_:)

    Wow! This is absolutely stunning!

    7 months ago