almost flora kane

United States

my pen name is flora kane. i'm a slytherin, infp-t, christian, and generally insane. joined 3.30.2018.

~ will do reviews on request ~

currently hoping i don't lose anyone else.

Message to Readers

feedback is appreciated!

politicians and citizens, fools all the same

February 24, 2021


Damn you fools,
who chew and drool
at the feet of these beggars. 
Derelicts and rats
climbing through sewers.
They curl and crash
toward cigarette smoke
blooming at the castle’s gates.
They have visitors,
vagrants holding hands
trying to break down iron bars
with their minds,
manifest a revolution without
which arises from effort. 

“Dear God...” a girl at a window,
she prays in her own way,
using the Lord’s name in vain,
no one is to say if she’s servant or first lady. 
A tray of melting china
pools on the paper,
no worry, for the scene reads
though not exactly the same.

The telephone rings to warn a man,
the man,
no man,
of curses chanted in broad daylight
as a radio sells a spell to sleep soundly. 

“Death to the monarchy,
the democracy,
the general hypocrisy.”

They want a voice
which they use to
say, “Death and the dead be 
all our evil, yet
take it and save yourself!”

For if the world is gone
you will finally live in peace. 

Accept acceptance and refuse repentance,
their disaster will never die,
down in history to be continued fury,
problems can never hide,
try as they might.
A misfortune still crosses
each member’s mind 
instead of memories made
in May’s haste
to get on with spiteful 
the grandfather clock
standing tall for father’s fame
and famous words said for generations,
“My ancestors kept the rate of change the same…”

A penny is a cent, 
one cent,
a penny for your thoughts,
that’s all I can afford. 

Back to fists waving,
crowds yelling choices already made,
made in one’s own head, 
one right, one wrong,
the answer lies in the eyes.
“I wasn’t born into boring, 
no, I’m part of a life I can’t give up on, 
but I want to because everything is
hopeless and exhausting.”

We need more, 
no more,
no less, 
until our eyes go blurry
because of beating others’ souls. 

As the scene plays out,
the girl at the window,
she melts through the floor. 
The man on the telephone jabbers away
copious amounts of concern
where there are none, causing confusion 
by reporting with purpose
on whatever he wishes. 
All of this goes on,
while in a little sigh you see
the study.
It’s where a man,
just a man,
sits, and ponders if
is quite worth fighting for.

Of course, if he stands
from this chair to say “Come in,”
to the citizens outside,
to ask the next lead for leave,
at least he stood for something.
He could sit on the grass, 
watching the sky fall and burn with it.

That cigarette smoke starts to smell stronger,
and he thinks about how they,
out there,
are they,
and he, with all the inside,
are they,
written: aug. 3, 2020

i found it in my notebook and i can't believe i never posted it. it's commenting on the events of the time last august and around, and i'm very proud of how it turned out. i would love to hear what you think, especially what you get from the last stanza. <3


See History
  • February 24, 2021 - 1:52pm (Now Viewing)

Login or Signup to provide a comment.

  • anemoia (#words)

    also, i think you've been here the longest that i've ever

    2 months ago
  • anemoia (#words)

    seriously consider submitting this to a magazine. it is more than worthy of whatever publication would grace you with its acceptance.
    wow, that sounded kinda pretentious. i just meant that this is so mindblowing, so deeply affecting and poignant, that it needs to reach bigger audiences and deserves a spot in a prestigious lit mag. <3

    2 months ago
  • Livsnjutare

    re: Thank you so much!

    2 months ago
  • Livsnjutare

    This is just beautiful! It flowed so well, and was very engaging, great job!
    also, if you have the time, could you review my piece? Even a comment with some thoughts you have on it, or any ways that I could improve it would be fine. I really want to make it as good as it can be!

    2 months ago
  • ✧♬TwinklingLights♬✧

    this is so gorgeous!!!!!!

    2 months ago
  • xx carolina xx

    re: thanks a lot. i still have a few months before i have to start applying, but still.

    2 months ago
  • xx carolina xx

    re: uhm choosing colleges, i guess?

    2 months ago
  • xx carolina xx


    re: i'm good. how are you?

    2 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    Hi! My new song is out, if you are interested.

    2 months ago
  • nolongeractive

    This is stunning!

    2 months ago
  • kathryn siena

    re: Thank you so much! I'll definitely tell you when the next one comes out.
    This is amazing. I love it.

    2 months ago
  • Ellington Stone

    I love it soooo much!! It's super meaningful, I've definitely thought about all this before. The line, "no one is to say if she’s servant or first lady" is amazing :)

    2 months ago