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in the wake of a smile

by Colleen Sperry

I will not let these words be known
I will tie them to my ribs
bind them to my bones
My chest can heave
all it wants
I’ll be damned
and revel in the burn
as I swallow this scream
but fuck it
I will embrace its smothered-ness
i will soul-ly smile
and say
“God bless”


Posted on 02/16/2012
Copyright © 2022 Colleen Sperry

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/16/12 at 03:07 PM

Very well put. A highly spiritual piece that I'm sure we all can relate to in our own way. I sure can.

Posted by Max Bouillet on 10/14/12 at 12:24 AM

The mixed emotions swell in this work. :)

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