reverberation | a poem

every word that comes out of your mouth

tells me that you have no idea

how you feel to other people

how much you’ve killed

with the things that come out of your mouth


you perform mercy and empathy

just to get in and plot another breakdown

dedicated to you

and you take their faith and twist its neck

and they’re so wounded that they cannot turn away


and what if I told the faces in my dreams

to stay away from me

would they leave

would they come back as their true selves

or still pretend to be someone else

and lie to me

daring me to find the truth somewhere


she sat at the Easter table

but she wasn’t there anymore


when she walked through the door

I realised that so often in my life

when I looked at her enter a room

she’d wish herself away

but I was still so happy to see her

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2021 | Instagram: @melpomenepaintings

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