Sheila Papaleo

Rookie (July 29,1966 / Philadelphia, PA)

Tonight - Poem by Sheila Papaleo

Tonight, you are in another woman’s arms…
And I can feel it.
Nails digging into my skin, ripping, tearing,
Thin slivers of glistening flesh, stark white bone
Exposed, my heart, beating out of time
Bleeding, red tears of sorrow
It bursts from the pain.

Tonight, you whisper, “I love you” to her…
And I can hear it.
Loud, ringing, I put my hands over my ears,
Sharp spikes of warm breath,
Slithering into my head like a demon,
Claws sinking into my brain
I hear my own sobs.

Tonight you give your heart to another…
And I can see it.
Naked limbs entwined, soft kisses,
I caress the night, the sky, the stars,
I spread my wings, preparing for flight,
Darkness descends, quiet, peaceful,
I feel nothing at all.


Comments about Tonight by Sheila Papaleo

  • (6/24/2005 11:13:00 PM)

    Thank you, Tiffany...it always helps to know that someone else can relate to these feelings.

    ...and thank you, John...sorry if this was little off-color. Pain can cause rage, and writing is my way of venting that rage...hope it didn't offend you.
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  • john tiong chunghoo (6/11/2005 11:38:00 PM)

    sheila, i love these effective lines.
    fine poem though a bit x rated.
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, June 11, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, June 24, 2005


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