EdilMayHampsen

United States

Preserve your words.

Message from Writer

You have to ask yourself if It's more worth being good or having fun.
I know what I've chosen!

Palmolive

July 17, 2020

FREE WRITING

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Liquid soap was invented in 1898,,
Back when money was sliced into gold bars,
Bits of jewelry, gemstones, lawns before monoculture,
Black people who were not, in fact, people,
The “indentured” disabled, and purebred dogs.

Imagine how glad palmolive was to announce
There was a yet easier way to scrub yourself of sin,
Try and bathe away the ½ black’s worth of melanin
That shines like jewelry, gemstones, and lawns in sun,
But could not be cut, measured, and sold

(Oh, and they might rejoice in hell,
Lady Macbeth and Mary Seacole,
Chatting about ambition over the basin,
Scrubbing with desperation,
As they discover palmolive does not cleanse the soul)
I wrote this as an example for an essay I'm working on that breaks down my poetry-writing process but it's really long and taking forever and I just think this poem is neato.

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  • purplepanache

    what a brilliant, evocative poem. one of the best things I've come across all week. the advertisement-esque tone to this poem makes it all the more terrifying and cold. shit.


    3 months ago