Denkbilder | a poem

who said that I wanted your affection

maybe I just needed you to make me feel less alive


you look at me like there’s something wrong

with me

but you’re smiling


you tell me who I am

and I believe you against my better judgement

and I feel my body getting smaller


when I saw my father’s expression

on your face

on my face

I should have known better


and we drove to a place

that belonged to us only

and we screamed at the pretences

below us because we ran out of words


you told me to swallow my tongue

and I  grew poetry in my stomach

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2022 | Instagram: @melpomenepaintings

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