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Close your eyes
and count to three
If you can't see it
it's not there

Floating in a space that does not exist in your world
watch the black on back of your eyelids
as it paints a perfect childhood
there are no bruises to be seen
when your eyes are closed

Cover your ears
scream at the top of your lungs
if you cannot hear it
there couldn't have been a sound

Sound waves canceled out
sent back to where they came
bouncing off the back of your hands
swallowed up by your gaping mouth

Yelling in the kitchen ceases to exist
smashing beer bottles and cries to stop
are only things of the imagination

If you don't talk about it
it never happened
broken ribs and black eyes
aren't important

Suppressed memories can make the silence deafening
after watching her bleed out on the floor
there is nothing left to say

Maybe I see broken glass scattered around her
maybe I hear him disappear
maybe I say goodbye

Before he left me to clean up his mess
he taught me how to cope

If you can't see it, it's not there
If you cannot hear it, there couldn't have been a sound
If you don't talk about it, it never happened
Three wise monkeys
This piece took me back to my own traumatic childhood, and I couldn't help but feel again for one brief moment what I once felt my whole life. I can't help but empathize with the speaker of the poem. Though in my own life no one was killed, I remember believing it was only a matter of time, and wondering if it would be me or someone else, and what would happen after. This poem speaks to that fear and the raw emotion behind not wanting to believe it was real. It reminds me of one that I wrote several years ago in tone, but not in style.
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Perianth5 Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Student General Artist
This is so sad and so chilling... it gave me goosebumps and almost made me cry!!! Awsome poem!!! :clap:
LyingViaPoetry Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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