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叶安灵 // 16, 2022 // she-her-hers
hey hey
eritiserint on prose.

Message to Readers

this was reworked quite a few times and submitted to a contest that i don't think it will win, but i'm still very proud of it.


November 29, 2020



I expect for words to tinkle out from my fingers
as if phalanges have mouths and I can coax out a song.


poetry isn’t an oracle at Delphi
nor a profound crack of wisdom I think
poetry is just when 
our throats lose certain courage 
and our pens must take flight


if Dickinson could have poured her love for Susan into kisses
instead of scarred and sacred letters
we would have never heard her name post mortem,
and I suppose we have pain to thank for
pretty prose too but maybe
we have words to thank for hurt.


when laws are set in stone we don’t ever truly know
what the jurisdiction says because the jargon wants it so
we just know
that what’s in store isn’t good because
the vultures tweet furiously
and the messengers sink their teeth in tight.
and we watch as wretched fate creates words that hauntingly ache.


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  • anemoia (#words)

    re: how did i not know that? i'm actually chinese (but adopted) so you'd think i would have seen/heard it somewhere. i actually have never known another erin that i remember who's around my age. i love that translation, also. two wonderful virtues/qualities.

    5 months ago
  • anemoia (#words)

    wow. this aches.
    hi, my name is also erin! but rn i'm ambedo & sugar cookies due to my #holidayvibes challenge I just created.
    also, what characters are on your bio? is that mandarin? cantonese? i'm sorry, i can't tell. and what does it translate to in english?

    5 months ago
  • Alexander :)

    Ah this is so good!! I loved the Emily Dickinson reference :)

    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    Re: Heyyy! Thanksers. :D

    5 months ago
  • Anne Blackwood

    The fact that you don't think this has a chance at winning is ridiculous. People would die to write like this. (It's me, I'm people)

    5 months ago
  • happy butterfly

    wow erin,this is so beautiful and has such a pretty idk vibe?! just every line is a work of art

    5 months ago