Leila Samarrai


I Was Told To Drop Dead - Poem by Leila Samarrai

I was told to drop dead
Drop dead! ?

I – who shatters you upon a lupine rock
I – who kills you with the breath of breeze
I – who holds your hair inside my palms
I – who do not hear your supplications and don’t know them
I – who carry the roar of waves within my furious brain
I – who crush you with cheekbones of oak
I – in front of who you hop like maddened dervishes
I – before who Samara resurrects from the dead
I – for whom the rocks groan from pain
I – before who Caesar scrapes his white knees
I – who carry in my chest a heart with twelve ventricles
I – who breastfed Romulus and Remus
I – who murdered Caligula during Palatean games
I – who break flesh and eat your bones
I– who turn honey into a new pillar of salt
I – who extract the uterus from the moon
I – who poison your bodies with breast milk
I – who tear tendons with ruby lips
I – who knock you down with words of great-genesis
I – who am a wind which topples giants with my treading
To me you tell to drop dead! ?

Topic(s) of this poem: perception

Form: Free Verse


Comments about I Was Told To Drop Dead by Leila Samarrai

  • Nosheen Irfan (3/10/2016 8:50:00 AM)


    A wonderful manifestation of a woman's power. I love the feminist feel of this poem. Your use of language is simply awesome. And the literary n historical references make it a very classy read. (Report) Reply

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  • Pamela Sinicrope (2/18/2016 8:53:00 AM)


    Your title captured my imagination as well as my dramatic side. These images of a powerful woman with no limits, who can extract a uterus from the moon and breastfeed monstrous dogs....is awesome! A true feminist manifest. I love it. No simpleton better tell Leila Samarrai to drop dead...or at least the speaker in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Fog Runner (1/15/2016 1:17:00 PM)


    Such ornate indignation... This will stick to me for a while. (Report) Reply

    Denis Mair Denis Mair (2/19/2016 4:34:00 PM)

    This comment shows a knack for phrasemaking. Intriguing. I think I'll go and check out the fog.

    Denis Mair Denis Mair (2/19/2016 4:26:00 PM)

    I am intrigued by the knack for phrasemaking in this comment. This makes me want to check into the fog.

  • Dr.tony Brahmin (12/21/2015 10:41:00 AM)


    Caesar, a heart with twelve ventricles
    I – who breastfed Romulus and Remus
    I – who murdered Caligula during Palatean games
    lupine rock, furious brain, maddened dervishes,
    Samara... All these give a great impression how you have read profusely. very rich with such allusions. thank you dear Poetess. tony
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  • (12/9/2015 10:39:00 AM)


    I have read a number of your poems and this one really resonated with me. Your strength of conviction in the words you use is brave. Each sentence used has a culmination of purpose and direction to any sentence within the poem. Very strong, well done (Report) Reply

  • (12/9/2015 10:36:00 AM)


    I've read a number of your poems and this one resonates with me. Great conviction of words and a bravery in there use. Every sentence brings a culmination, well done (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, November 20, 2015



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