Photograph by HOWANXIOUS

Defiance, an extension of this struggling heart

I never belonged, to myself a malevolent stranger.

In your face, my eyes reflected back raise up my

Defenses. I never meant to abandon you, there

Is a war playing in the hollows of my bones and

Sometimes defeat dawns slowly, you who

Have laid me down broken in the crucible of

Your contagious devotion and rendered me at

Times whole. It is only myself, not our love,

That I fight, this potential tied up in sheep skins

Against myself a wolf, some times you stand

Too close, some times you exhale when I am

Still striving for breath, some times you love

Too much andΒ  all I know how to be is alone


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18 thoughts on “Finger Bones and Fairytales

  1. Oh.. beautiful, emotional, heart wrenching.. everything I like about your poetry. Loved it.. πŸ™‚
    Thank you so much for participating. And if you don’t mind, can you please edit the word artwork with clicked or photograph? I actually captured it in a rock garden. Thank you. πŸ™‚

  2. Defiance, defenses, defeat…those are the 3 words that really hit me…and then the word “alone” at the end was the sad cherry on top. So sad and beautiful.

  3. Against myself a wolf, some times you stand
    Too close, some times you exhale when I am

    really liked that section…alone def puts a point on it there in the end as well..

  4. beautiful…your words always say so much nad in a very beautiful way…you write what I feel and am unable to express in such a great way..
    I could only say..’You’re smothering me’…

    1. Nothing wrong with being direct despite my poetry I am dense as box of rocks socially and need things to be spelled out clearly lol Thank you so much Grizz you are a sweetheart =)

  5. Sometimes the worst of battles are waged not with others but with ourselves. That is what I take away from your poem this morning, hoping I am on the right track.

  6. So melancholy… great job with the prompt. I’ve been struggling with this one as I didn’t even know what the picture was LOL I see from comments above it is from a rock garden so that helps πŸ™‚

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