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Fragile Lily, tonight you tell me
you're hospitalized for the third, fourth time;
how your nights are blacker than treacle -

viscous dark, thick between stars -
stickier than your latest pastel-candy binge.
How your days are bleached bleak, whiter than bones.

They're drip-drip-dripping a sticky sap
of nutrients in the thin stamen of your arm.
Adrift, you drift through patisserie cosmos:

your buttery croissant crescent moons,
your spice-sprinkled lebkuchen stars -
sickly celestial bodies that float

in glutinous dark.
The dull-dun walls are splattered with food porn -
a sticky display, a syrupy splay

that says: come-and-get-me;
taste, savour, consume.
Though later the guilt-purge

will have you corner-pinned in a darkened room
with the tap's cold drip and a stench of sick.
You're watching TV to keep the evenings tear-free

(Great British Bake Off - they made a frangipane tart).
Your hunger is art;
mine's a sticky, sordid mess:

strawberry sink-slops, a sugar-pink drink
swilled then spat, to taste-grasp the sweetness I crave.
They call you My Sweet.

In their clamour for glamour
the voices grow more shrill still
and they're dotty for your dotted

Stella McCartney skinny jeans.
Your legs are style-spindly, but your style is envied.
Your this-way that-way poise and pose,

lips slick with Sugar Rose.
The shoulder scorch of a tattooed rose.
Hunger charcoals your face; your flimsy grace -

an angular bone-drape of clothes.
Thin-framed flashes of you,
moments shared in each lit square;

your life a frail flare, your skin petal-pale.
With frail flair you shake off the starving stigma,
the jittery calories, like shaking pollen from a stigma.

Oh, to grow into thin skins
easy and natural as flowers.
The hours are lean and gleam like bones.

I press hearts, :) at you, give cyber hugs,
smiling sisterly support, saying stay strong -
though I'm lily-fragile, just like you.





1/16/2016

Alliteration
Assonance
Cadence
Imagery
Internal Rhyme

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  1. Date: 2/9/2016 12:17:00 PM

    Wow, this is one wonderful entry Charlotte! I will look for it at the top!
  1. Date: 1/30/2016 7:29:00 PM

    I imagine this is for Cyndi's contest. The best of luck. SKAT
  1. Date: 1/28/2016 4:57:00 PM

    WOW! I can't compete with this one! : D I too chose three lines stanzas but you have one more. : D I love this one: "in glutinous dark./The dull-dun walls are splattered with food porn -/a sticky display, a syrupy splay" I didn't read all the entries, just a couple, but I'm pretty sure this one is one of the "happy" 3. Excellent piece, Charlotte!
  1. Date: 1/16/2016 5:45:00 PM

    Oh Charlotte I had a huge lump in my throat reading this ... the imagery of an anorexia sufferer is so so so intense and knowing you have your own health battles the final stanza really hits hard.:-( Hugs Jan xx

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