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Broken Fingernails

by Jaydon Cole

You were beautiful when I dreamed you,
Decaying when I had you,
And unbearable when I rolled over
And found that you were still here.
I guess I just wanted this to
Put an end to my loneliness,
But I realize now all I really needed
Was a confirmation of humanity.

Whispering, still getting dressed
And fumbling with your hair again
While I think of the perfect words
To get you moving on your way.
Shame is a feeling I've overcome,
And judging by the looks of you
I would guess you've overcome it too,
Your silence now is truly a blessing -
Because Heaven forbid I should
Have to explain it all again
Why I don't feel now all the
Things I claimed to feel last night.

One last glance back to share
A half-smile for the emptiness,
A goodbye whispered without regret
Before leaving me to my loneliness
To pluck out all the falsehoods
That I believed were for the best
And all the broken fingernails
Embedded within my back.


Author's Note: I'm not really sure where this came from... just one of those pieces where you write first and ask questions later.

Posted on 12/09/2009
Copyright © 2020 Jaydon Cole

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by V. Blake on 12/09/09 at 05:21 AM

I was curious after line one, hooked after line two, and by line four, I was flipped upside down. Here's my vote for POTD.

Posted by S. Pelham Flood on 12/09/09 at 08:26 AM

'write first and ask questions later'...seems like the subjects in the poem were just as impulsive. I really enjoyed commentary on shame as pertaining to sexuality.

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