by Melpomene   Apr 23, 2020

When I stopped writing I
swallowed words
as though I was
swallowing bottlebrush.

Sucked on strepsils to
ease my windpipes,

bit the tip of my tongue
at the thought of my
father’s fists and

the sound of
my mothers
pulsating chest.

When I stopped writing I
made gravesites
for my poetry,

visited once a year to
read the tombstones and


what little of my
spine I had left.


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  • 3 years ago

    by D.

    I don't know how I missed this! It's so good to see new poetry from you. I've missed your writing dearly Mel. :) I stopped writing for almost a year, and I remembered the feeling of revisiting old poems - remembering exactly how I felt but feeling so disconnected at the same time. This piece stirs up a lot of thoughts in me, and I hope we see something else from you soon.

  • 3 years ago

    by Darren

    Congrats, great to see you writing again.

  • 3 years ago

    by Saerelune

    I've missed your writing, and I can very much relate to this poem if my interpretation is correct.

    I feel like poetry has become such an integral part of my coping mechanism throughout life that when I don't write, everything else I'm doing feels like I'm simply putting plasters on my symptoms (e.g. How you beautifully and relatably referred to strepsils).

    Once you've done such a deep soul search through writing it's hard to accept it's just gone and part of you will always visit its tombstone, perhaps hoping to reconnect somehow with something that's long gone.

    Congrats on your win and thanks for sharing.

  • 3 years ago

    by Poet on the Piano

    Mel, I cannot express how good it is to see a new poem. I gasped and kind of did a double-take because I was that excited.

    You always are so eloquent in your poetry, and the ending lines especially were striking in emotion. It made me think of when we say farewell to something, burying the memories and the hardship, it's hard to come back and revisit. To become vulnerable again.

    Hope you're doing alright <3

  • 3 years ago

    by Skyfire

    Such strong images without very many words. Beautiful and striking.

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