naomi ling

United States

est. 6/14/20

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refuge, in definitions of us

June 25, 2020

PROMPT: Refuge

refuge (noun)
ref·​uge | \ ˈre-(ˌ)fyüj 

1 : in that open wounds, exposed, bring light
// you, with your worn scars and marred flesh, you are refuge. i handle your heart with tweezers and delicate touch, as fragile as it is, and you accept it. in the devilish face of uncertainty, you laugh and tell me he's an old friend. 

2 : in the place of sorrow, bring me familiarity 
// blurred vision meets open arms and glassy tears; i have splintered. you stitch me up piece-by-piece with time, as minute- and second-hands do. life does not give up easily, but neither do your patient hands; in midnight reflections, this i realize: refuge. 

3 : in our unconscious, we are adrift
// we first meet in our dreams, fantasies that we cannot live up to. only when we smash our hazy glasses on the unforgiving earth do we truly see. in balmy waters, i accept and forgive. you mend me, slowly, a refuge i had never had. 
inspired by everyone who used dictionary-like definitions in their poems! wow this took a bit of time but i finally got it into words


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  • sunny.v


    16 days ago
  • Eblinn

    This is so unique! I love the title. I adore your writing. Incredible!!

    5 months ago
  • Deleted User

    *sighs dreamily* i would buy your poetry if it was down in a book

    5 months ago
  • inanutshell

    oh wow can't believe i didnt see this sooner but this is a really great use of the dictionary-like format of writing! the definition 'in the place of sorrow, bring me familiarity' warmed my heart, i really love this & your creativity <3

    5 months ago
  • mia_:)

    OH MY GOODNESS this is amazing! The formatting and flow are fabulous (phew, alliteration) and I love how beautifully you express what refuge truly is! <3

    5 months ago
  • Wicked!

    Beautifully written!

    5 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    my god this is incredible, you've definitely made good use of this prompt
    replying: ah, of course <3 and thank you for nominating me!

    5 months ago
  • chrysanthemums&ink

    wow this really is amazing. don't feel bad about republishing pieces :) but wow this piece really is amazing.
    replying: it alright <3

    5 months ago
  • naomi ling

    sorry for publishing AGAIN i'm awfully indecisive with wording

    5 months ago
  • sunny.v

    “ // we first meet in our dreams, fantasies that we cannot live up to. only when we smash our hazy glasses on the unforgiving earth do we truly see.” you’re an actual genius. beautiful work, naomi!!

    5 months ago
  • PouringOutTheSun

    i’ve never been terribly good at expressing myself when i come across a piece i like, the words never seem enough for what i feel, but this is gorgeous, truly. it’s a fantastic piece

    5 months ago