Prompt: awaken creativity
What makes you smile?
What makes you angry?
What are you curious about?
Who would you like to be?
Write a poem using these questions as pointers.
Empty hands lying on the table:
it’s not enough to squeeze them in fists
and say you have caught the air.
Wrinkled curtains above the windows:
it’s not enough to drape them down
and say you have hidden the sun.
Cold silence lingering in between us:
it’s not enough to turn your head
and say you didn’t know.
Bony face changes expressions,
fast as traffic lights.
I used to love to place my thumbs
in small wholes of your withered cheeks
and pull them slowly towards your chin.
As self-contained sigh would spread over your face,
my heart would gallop in circles, impatiently waiting
for sign that is safe to walk and cross on the other side
of your presence.
And when red light would start to dim from your metallic eyes
I’d smile, despite the hurdles of your pouting nose
that would tear the clouds, higher than any skyscraper
with tall shadows where we used to hide.
I would pretend I’m angry but all I wanted is just to keep
you safe, near me, but away from my deceiving past
and tell you
from the very beginning.
and be free
I wanted you and me, in us:
wrapped in time,
forged in lust.
Maja S. Todorovic
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