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bitter honey and strawberry molasses

July 11, 2020

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Bitter honey drips from her half-open lips
Oh, she tries to flatten herself, hide herself, but
She twists inward till she flips inside out.
Splayed out, she flaunts her imperfections, like
Chipped asphalt meeting soles of feet.
In her desperation for an explanation, an excuse,
The honey grips her throat in bitter amber and 
Tries to catch her thick pour of apologies, but
She paints her lips in shining strawberry molasses, and
Her beautiful words never slide past its surface.
Funny how it lets the apologies through, and
People don’t notice the other words hanging on her lips.
The glare of a million suns blinds all, I guess.
She spreads herself over herself evenly, 
Separating the pulp from the syrup.
She tells herself that she’ll reveal the pulp when it matters, yet
The calendar for that was lost in the first postponement.
She buries the pulp deep,
Forgetting that pulp decomposes, and 
Poetry can’t be translated into her new language.
Suffering quietly is better than inviting the honey up her throat, though,
Isn’t it?

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  • Dmoral

    "Bitter honey drips from her half-open lips"
    okay, the opening HAD me. i'm in love.

    "she flaunts her imperfections"
    what i love most about this line, is the message and power. the way it doesn't just talk about accepting imperfections, but actually loving them and showing them off without a care in the world.

    "Tries to catch her thick pour of apologies, but / She paints her lips in shining strawberry molasses, and / Her beautiful words never slide past its surface."
    favourite lines, ahhhhh!!!

    "Poetry can’t be translated into her new language."
    this line was different, but i thoroughly enjoyed it! something about it picks at my brain...

    "Suffering quietly is better than inviting the honey up her throat, though, / Isn’t it?"
    ending on a question was something i didn't expect, but it worked so well here. and i felt like the second to last line was confident, but then the question made it seem like the "narrator" was uneasy, and this flood of emotion was amazing! plus, it makes the reader think about everything even more and reflect.


    4 months ago
  • Anlee

    oh my this is beautifully written <3 the diction is astounding


    5 months ago