this was one of my assignments for uni:
defamiliarise an event in a poem: three stanzas; four lines each stanza; 10 syllables each line.
I chose a birthday.
enjoy! :)


1. Birthday.

putrid regret lingering in the air

stinging my eyes, teasing my livelihood,

numbers clinging all over my body,

twisting and shaping the lines on my face,


the family tree with branches and buds

rooting themselves in the garden and house,

they hand me ripped boxes of guessing games,

floral hugs and kisses of jealousy,


the agony of posing with forced smiles,

like when I pretended to not need love,

the hard, choppy applause of future hopes,

a wish upon the deaf ears of a flame.

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