Anha

Australia

ms. eldritch horror

"people often reveal their true colours when they are held accountable for their actions; there are those who want to make amends and improve their behaviour and those who don't."
- amalia costa (wtw alum)

Message to Readers

Eww, ok I really hope someone else did something along these lines but better cos god knows metaphors don't grow on trees in my book.

#cwcfirstcontest Humans

September 13, 2018

FREE WRITING

12
In second grade, we learned what humans were.
They called them ‘homo sapiens’, descended from a prehistoric ape.
Bent-over, walking slowly, slowly straightening, hair lessening,
Until it looks like a slimmer version of my father.

Lately, we see these ‘advanced’ homo sapiens on the news a lot more.
Titles like
POLICE TASE BLACK CHILD
WOMAN KILLS BLACK NEIGHBOUR IN HIS OWN HOME
RAPIST GRANTED PARENTAL RIGHTS
MOLESTER TURNS PRESIDENT

Overshadow
Woman helps the homeless

In ninth grade, we learned what humans are.
I guess I learned how to read.
I knew I wanted to do something along these lines, but the word count really got to me.

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4 Comments
  • Johanna

    OOOOOOOH... this is amazing!


    almost 2 years ago
  • ollieollie

    dang, you took this in a completely different direction. i'm intrigued. this is very powerful; you were able to say a lot (despite the word count). great job!


    almost 2 years ago
  • zsleva

    This poem is beautiful. It really describes the world right now and I love how you used the last few lines! Continue writing! You're amazing at it!


    almost 2 years ago
  • Lauren Nelson

    Word count is a real challenge for me too! I had been thinking something similar, but I did another prompt instead. Isn't it sad how we learn what humans truly are as the blinds of naivety are pulled back... This was a great response to the prompt! Best of luck.


    almost 2 years ago