TerenNeret

Malaysia

she/her
I'm a writer. Reader. Piano player. Survivor watcher. Food lover. Hair braider. Hat wearer. Over analyser. Hufflepuff-er. Also a glow-worm in my free time.

Message to Readers

Once again, I'm not strictly following the prompt but using it as inspiration to shine light on my experience of anti-Asian behaviour due to the pandemic. I know that the metaphor is flawed as in the actual game, it's the taggers "passing the blame" instead of the other 'clean' players. Regardless, the way a person is dehumanised to a mere 'tagger' and thus 'spreader' because society imposed that label on them resonates too strongly to the increased discrimination against Asians in the pandemic.

I hope that everyone is staying safe whilst having a happy lunar new year xx

tag you're it

February 13, 2021

In every game of tag, someone must always be it
An isolated target who isn't allowed to quit
You are told to chase when you don't really want to 
Too late, they all dissolve in circles away from you
Fearful of what you represent
Your touch, your presence, regardless of your intent 
It's you versus them, there is no white flag
because Fear is at the heart of the game of tag.
Even though we're not pursuing the others,
we're still the ones who are forced to suffer.
They're passing the blame in every "tag you're it!"
forcing sense into the nonsensical, twisting so it fits.

As I watch the children run in the park below,
I can't help but notice our fear of being alone. 

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16 Comments
  • Alias 3

    Brava. This is simply genius


    6 months ago
  • Zirong

    "forcing sense into the nonsensical, twisting so it fits"

    Wow. I really love how profound this piece is. It's funny how games, which are created to make people happy, end up eliciting the negativity deep down our souls.


    7 months ago
  • aalawrites

    well done! i really enjoyed this piece!


    7 months ago
  • kaysthemole

    Superb! I enjoy the subtle rhyme scheme ;)


    7 months ago
  • JonesyL123

    congratulations on Wednesday words, this is such a thought-provoking piece of writing!


    7 months ago
  • Ava Marie

    This is so good!!!!!!!


    7 months ago
  • Writing4Life

    Wowwwww this is awesome! I've never thought of tip this way before! (yes lol I call it tip) Congrats on Wednesday Words!


    7 months ago
  • sci-Fi

    Congrats on Wednesday Words!!!


    7 months ago
  • AstroWriter

    Wow! Great poem! I love how it rhymes and the meaning of it! Great metaphor!!!


    7 months ago
  • _Delphiruns2theocean_

    Great job! And congrats on Wednesday words!


    7 months ago
  • pluto-

    woahh amazing! congrats on wednesday words!


    7 months ago
  • Stone of Jade

    this is an amazing metaphor!! Congrats on wednesday words!!!


    7 months ago
  • kathryn siena

    this is stunning and beautiful! Congrats on wednesday words!!


    7 months ago
  • rwong

    woahhhh this is amazing and the metaphor is literally so perfect and also your rhymes!! they are amazingggggg
    anyway congrats on wednesday words this is super well deserved!!


    7 months ago
  • useless :)

    i absolutely love this!! so powerful, and your message was portrayed in such a clear and meaningful way throughout. alsooo, i saw ur bio hehe, i LOVE the show survivor. i found it so entertaining and used to just binge watch seasons...like 5 episodes a day XD. kinda stopped doing that after last summer, i'm way too busy now but i still love the show. welp, srry for the weird rant but amazing piece, you're super talented!! :)


    7 months ago
  • Yellow Sweater

    Wow. Powerful metaphor. I'm kinda stunned.


    7 months ago