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Life As a Captive

I was reeking of spilled grape juice yesterday. Today I stink like cigarettes. In less than two weeks I have gone from new to old. From crisp to filthy, from sticky to stiff. I shudder as my aggressor pulls me apart. She yells something to her partner. I don’t recognize the words, but…. Every time she yells this, my belly hurts for days from her wickedly insensitive manipulation, and indelicate prodding. After fishing around with her hands, stirring Green gum wrapper carcasses from one Side of my tummy to the other, She finally lets me catch my breath. WHAM! I am completely dizzy when she twists me upside down and shakes me hard, Slapping my bottom with long, angry slugs. I throw up pencils, pens, erasers, a variety of multi-colored Toys, a washrag, crackers, cellophane wrappers, A half-eaten candy bar, gritty stomach acid pills, Paperclips, a baby’s shoe, two headbands, dust mites, A dog biscuit and so many receipts it is ridiculous. “Here they are!” Her partner calls. She pops all the junk back into me, throws in Her car keys for dessert, and off we go for more receipts. I long for my clean shelf in Macy’s, and my relatives.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 3/13/2018 7:49:00 PM
An awesome and creative personification poem Caren. You held me 'captive' with interest with each and every enthralling line. A fantastic write. Loved the sprinkling of dust mites!:)) Warmest wishes. ~Susan
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/13/2018 9:47:00 PM
Thank you, Susan. Personification is fast becoming a favorite type for me.
Date: 3/13/2018 7:21:00 PM
Incredible write!! So devastatingly real!! Bravo! :) gw
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/13/2018 9:47:00 PM
Thank you, Gershon. Immensely fun for me!
Date: 3/13/2018 4:18:00 PM
Caren, this is fabulous! I started off thinking I was reading something incredibly hard hitting - then it got weird with the whole throwing up erasers thing - then I realised! You were talking abou my handbag! (it was mine, right? How else would the inventory be so accurate??!) Ok. Promise I’ll be nicer to my bag in future x
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/13/2018 9:48:00 PM
Thank you, Nina. I could have added hardened cinnamon roll, button, shoe, and diaper rash.
Date: 3/13/2018 2:33:00 PM
Great personification Caren...
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/13/2018 2:36:00 PM
Thank you, Silent One. I appreciate your continuous kindness.
Date: 3/13/2018 1:44:00 PM
ah... such is the life of a purse... charming poem, Caren.
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Caren Krutsinger
Date: 3/13/2018 2:35:00 PM
Thank you. I love the personification poems as they let the "real me" fly.