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Bruised knees/an act/behind the curtain

June 9, 2020


Pretty lies ,
That weave webs around their mouths.
And forced smiles,
That leave wrinkles after a while
only to hide what's inside.
Insults that make others cry
Lift themselves up high,
So noone can see their hurt heart.

A costume
To disguise their own marks and tear stained cheeks.
How they act,
A grand performance.
Just to keep their noses above the water.
Just enough to breathe.
But when the red velvet curtains close
They fall to their knees ,
In pain
The sort of pain that comes from the heart,
And every night after every performance
Their knees slam against wood,
Wood that can't hear
Wood that doesn't listen.
And so their knees are bruised,
And don't heal,
Because they they keep falling.

Pretending they don't care,
An effort to convince themselves.
They're suffocating by their own breath.
laugh to force their cries deeper down their throat.
Pushing negative emotions aside by making stupid jokes,
Trying to stick a band aid on open flesh.

And turning their tears into bullets
Firing them at others
To let it out.
Can't bare people being happy,
Because they want it for themselves.
So they bottle up their screams
And release it next to your ears,
Grey ,cruel mist.
As you clutch them and fall on your knees.
Just like them.
So they feel a bit better.
Because now we are all hurt and bruised.
Jealousy triggers anger
Born from a lack of something they wanted in their lives
And so it picks their heart apart,
Use those sharp pieces to blind you.
It's all a feel better mechanism.


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  • hi i'm jackson ;)

    wow. that's very (repeating Emi because they said it well) raw and full of pain. incredible. like seriously. i n c r e d i b l e. wow. this is one of the rawest things i've read on wtw.

    4 months ago
  • Emi

    Wow, this is very raw and full of pain; good work capturing those feelings through poetry.

    4 months ago
  • And_The_Stars_Laughed

    I agree with @NS Kumar -- this piece is incredibly beautiful! I especially love the last lines: "And so it picks their heart apart, / Use those sharp pieces to blind you. / It's all a feel better mechanism."

    5 months ago
  • NS Kumar

    This piece is really beautiful. Each time you repeated a phrase in the poem, it felt like something was slamming against my heart. Kudos!

    5 months ago
  • mia_:)

    Replying: About the writers block, that's an old piece. Unfortunately, I'm still kinda uninspired, but am hoping to push through it soon! :)

    5 months ago
  • V-Rose

    Chapter 7 of Death's Tales is here! And now, I give you... the link:

    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Replying: Oh thank goodness you like Natalie! Haha. Yep, Randy is the best. Kinda dumb, but just so adorable and lovable, and he does have his heroic moments. And that episode is so cool! That's the one where people named Julie keep getting killed? That's not creepy btw lol.

    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Replying: I haven't gotten through the whole show before, because there are SO many episodes, and we don't watch that much TV at my house. And yeah, the childhood episodes are rough. As for Natalie vs Sharona, NATALIE all the way. No question. My entire family is extremely adamant about this. She's just way nicer. Like I know Sharona needed to be tough on him, but I just can't stand her personality 85% of the time. Hehe, I ranted a teeny bit there. If you like Sharona better I still love you, but I will be slightly disappointed XD.

    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Side note: I actually just watched a Monk episode! It was the one where his dad comes back.

    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Replying: Aw, thank you!

    5 months ago
  • Deleted User

    Holy cow, this is brilliant! The message of this piece is so deep and powerful. Amazing piece!

    5 months ago
  • CrazyNinjaKid

    Replying: Hahaha lol glad to know someone else is on the same page XD

    5 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    that ending is EVERYTHING. Wow.

    5 months ago
  • Two Heartbeats

    This would make an amazing spoken piece! It so very clear and well thought out.

    5 months ago
  • løne wølf

    wow!!!! this is so creative and the word choice is AMAZING! it's also so powerful :o

    5 months ago