Anne Blackwood

United States

Theatre kid
Singer (soprano)
Twin (fraternal)
Highly Sensitive Person
Living oxymoron
Kindness Krusader: Blueberry cotton candy
XXFJ, Melancholic-Sanguine, ambivert

Joined 1/16/20

Message to Readers

Cramps + mystery disease literally forced me to leave my first in-person church service (don't worry it's legal) today. >:(


May 31, 2020



tension and muscles and strain
pretzeling and fighting against my own body
no sleep for hours; i ache now
feet up next to the clock

r e l i e f ?

capsules of expectation
sticking inside my harsh inhalations
drinking down hope

womanhood is taxing

it is not night anymore
but it is still dark
eyes closed - no
another breath and then

s t i l l n e s s
Cramps suck, amirite?

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  • happy butterfly

    Dude what the heck ?how do you write so well

    9 months ago
  • elliem

    Wow, I relate to this. I didn't know cramps could be described so beautifully!!

    9 months ago
  • van gogh's girl

    Ooh. I felt this one

    9 months ago
  • Emi

    Really realistic—I love how you are willing to bring up something so many people deal with—I'm not one of them; luckily my body is very non-hormonal, or else I just psych myself out of feeling bad—but this is really relatable and you have such a way of making feel poetic!

    9 months ago
  • Jason_claire :)

    Okay, thank you:)

    9 months ago
  • black_and_red_ink

    You did a great job of describing the pain. Keep it up. You're a great poet.

    9 months ago
  • mia_:)

    Replying: Yep! I have no problem with the quoting at my house, since it's just my family, but in public it makes me uncomfortable because I wonder if other people are annoyed and just aren't saying anything :)

    9 months ago
  • mia_:)

    Replying: It doesn't bother ME exactly (I'm used to it) but it was like EVERY LINE and we were with other people so it was more embarrassing than anything. I am a prequoter too and I would quote the main lines, but my dad knew like every single one. Kinda impressive, actually :)

    9 months ago
  • WinterBerry

    This portrays having cramps very realistically and the use of enjambment further enhances it! Great job. :)

    9 months ago
  • mia_:)

    Totally agree with jo! When you can write something so amazing about CRAMPS, I salute you, general! And the formatting! "capsules of expectations" and "womanhood is taxing" are just stunning! <3

    9 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    Oh god, I relate to this too much. Period cramps are terrible, but let's get through them together.

    9 months ago
  • Samina

    Anne. I am feeling like this right now... Cramps sucks.

    9 months ago
  • joella

    how do people write amazing poetry about CRAMPS? respect.

    9 months ago
  • Tushar Mandhan

    I agree with sunny.v 'womanhood is taxing' is such an incredible line!<3

    9 months ago
  • sunny.v

    oh, you’re definitely right. try a hot compress, perhaps? also “womanhood is taxing” oh man, do I love that line. you captured cramps perfectly LOL

    9 months ago