Adelaide Lii


I Was That Tired - Poem by Adelaide Lii

I couldn’t speak
so I scratched the words onto my hips
like raspberry stains on kitchen-floor-tiles.

I was that tired.
And if my voice is this red,
my arms must be slinkies

and this moment in time
a dead moth in the shower,
a puppet to the water,
slipping down the drain,
slow and sudden like earthworms

and me not knowing any better
than to cup them in my hands,
feeling like a mother as
they choke in the sun.


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  • (4/30/2011 5:22:00 PM)


    Once, I could not speak, I was that tired..........with the same sadness I feel from your words, with the immensity of visualizing all...I like! 10! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, April 30, 2011

Poem Edited: Friday, May 6, 2011


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