Treasure Island

Erin Thomas

(Riverside, California)

Hush


i remember silence
  walls made of glass
    mattresses of chain-linked steel
  even dreams were impenetrable
cemented in concrete

you dared tell me
  this is all i would ever know
    poison in my veins
  mold across my eyes
brittle cracked nostrils

one day strapped to a bed-frame
  i saw when i closed my eyes
    that you weren’t so formidable
  your skin fell off in ribbons
and you choked bubbling blood

years passed
  but i learned to quell your violence
    to relish the scent of tea leaves
  as i sit with the world
your silence only half remembered

Submitted: Saturday, July 20, 2013
Edited: Monday, July 22, 2013
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Completed April 15,2005.
Published in Awakenings Review in the Summer of 2007.

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  • Gajanan Mishra (7/20/2013 5:13:00 AM)

    I sit with the world, means affinity with worldly things, thanks.
    I invite you to read my poems and comment. (Report) Reply

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