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Message to Readers

As soon as I saw Alylee's prompt, I knew exactly what I was going to write. Can't say the same for some of the other competitions I'm thinking of entering, but I'm sure I'll think of something. Hoping Paperbird will accept my entry, because I realised I hadn't written anything yet and this piece included the word 'needle', so...

Wish me luck!

sharp #warning #paperbirdcontest

November 20, 2018


the label on my shirt screams "WARNING: SHARP"
and the longer you look at me, the more you shudder in understanding.

my hair, no longer soft and thick, nor oily and sleek,
has turned dry like hay from lack of care.
i gave up the one thing i took pride in
for the possibility that he'd soften - foolish.
like a carpet of pine needles when i lie in bed,
the locks prick my neck and leave my back red and raw.

my eyes, though never compassionate, nor understanding,
have turned to obsidian, black and cutting.
perhaps it's the bruises that turned them this way,
or maybe it's the knife that he whets in front of me
that made my very irises capable of this hardness.

my hands, the hands of princesses and privilege long gone,
they're rough and raw, the needles of my hair entwined
in my uneven skin, the irritation giving way to pain.
i've let my nails grow, jagged, broken from the hindrances of daily life.
they pierce my palms when i wait for the bus,
when he stares at me too long in the kitchen.
i should have cut them long ago.

but the only sharpness in my being
that i would wield like a weapon pointed towards him
would be the silver of my tongue
and the dagger of my words
cleft between his ribs, the killing blow.

i am broken,
i am damaged,
i am changed,
i am tired,
i am scared,
i am regretting giving him the studded leash to my freedom.

i am sharp.

one day i shall be sharp enough to end this.
to end him.
Hope dual entries can be accepted, otherwise I'm doomed for both of these.
Find Alylee03's contest here
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  • paperbird

    Just published my winner announcement.

    10 months ago
  • Christy Wisdom

    Anha, I've tried to reply to your questions on my rant.

    10 months ago
  • Made4Love

    Wow! This is so so good! You combined these two prompts very well! I love the concept, and it's really well written. Good job!

    10 months ago
  • Quille

    Cool descriptions, keep writing! :D

    10 months ago
  • paperbird

    Thank you so much for entering my contest!
    Haha no I don't mind it's a dual entry and it's cool you managed to fit both prompts into the poem. This was beautifully written. I particularly like, "I am broken, I am damaged, I am changed... I am sharp." The language flows so well, and your ideas were powerful and strongly stated. Another good line-- "I've let my nails grow, jagged, broken from the hindrances of daily life... I should have cut them long ago." Really chilling. This one is in the running for a place.

    10 months ago
  • A person

    I agree with @Araw. But wonderful none the less

    10 months ago
  • Araw

    Damn girl! You surprise me every time with the way you write.

    10 months ago