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Unflinchingly

I told her I didn't care,
eyes open wide with innocence,
seeping hatred 
through the cracks in my retina.

I felt her draw her yellow-parchment
skin over me, like a web 
of history and headlines -
years and years of forgotten words
burning themselves into my memory
for the second time, only
dirtier.

I smiled as she took over my 
gag-reflex, swimming
over the muscles along my spine,
tantalizing all my knuckles,
crackling at the tips of my hair.

I dreamed I sank my teeth into her
and snapped the bird-bones at the 
hollow of her throat
and blew the sand that was her marrow 
into a desert of insignificance.

I stood in the sky
and watched as I turned my face.
I watched my pupils fill up with tar
and I watched
her blood run down
my chin.

and I didn't

    even

      flinch.


** Written to describe one of the seven deadly sins... wrath

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  1. Date: 10/27/2009 4:33:00 PM
    Good description here. We have all felt this at one time or another. Keep writing. Sara

  1. Date: 10/26/2009 5:58:00 AM
    Thank you for sharing your poetry with us Micaela. Wishing you a great week filled with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 10/24/2009 10:48:00 PM
    You always describe things amazingly. Seriously, your descriptions always are mindblowing. You may well be the queen of metaphor! "Through the cracks in my retina" I just adore that mixed image, hideous and yet beautiful. Also omg at the juxtaposition in "bird-bones". Honest to god there's a reason you write...because you're damn good at it! You = legend. Love ya Daffseh. Bugsy :D

  1. Date: 10/24/2009 9:14:00 PM
    I can dig it.