Treasure Island

Karoliena Somura

(November / Japan)

Do You Know?


Do you know the stories I hear?
One is beaten and the other dies there.
Do you know the things I fear?
A list of shameful claims people prefer not to name.
Do you know the difficult marriage I face?
Understand that I can't stay in the same place
Do you know the laugh I fake?
Due to the painful jokes you don't mean to make.
Do you see through me like I see through you?
Because your pitiful words of encouragement
Leaves my body in malnourishment
Do you know I know who you are?
A person no different than I've met at my job or at a bar
Do you know you're a homophobe?
Someone who leaves me clinging with little hope
Someone who smiles as they see me mope

Submitted: Friday, January 06, 2012
Edited: Saturday, January 07, 2012

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  • Lyn Paul (12/3/2012 6:08:00 AM)

    Do you know how moving your words are and how you draw us all in. Pain put together with such power and strength once again. (Report) Reply

  • Kelvin Owusu (9/11/2012 4:40:00 AM)

    this is a great poem, love how you have structured this keep it up i hope to read more new pieces (Report) Reply

  • Locura Alaam (6/8/2012 3:31:00 PM)

    I truly love your poem! You write amazingly!
    Please do continue writing and post more of your poems.
    I liked your use of several rhetorical questions, I believe it does add a good touch to the flow of the poem, especially when put together with how you've made use of a good range of simple and complex vocabulary (Report) Reply

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