when lips taste like ashes.

By Six-Out

they taste like hot ink
and wet paper. when she turned
I met heartache with a closed fist.
and said to myself that
today- I wish
I wasn't invincible.
because my words bear extra weight
and I'm tired.
of forgetting what broken
feels like.

so I threw
indecision to the stars.
tasting tattered love
reminded me of tears on notebook paper.
and my pen treats poetry
as if it's dead.
then- I can trade secrets
with postcards. love in letters
and beat the sky
to displace the silence
in my chest.

and I never thought
I'd long
for the way
a heart can shatter.

but tonight.
I miss feeling alive.

-pieces inspired by a talk with Diviana

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Copyright 2009 Jon Rodgers
Published on Wednesday, October 21, 2009.     Filed under: "Poetry"
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  • soul_versing On Sunday, August 24, 2014, soul_versing (959)By person wrote:

    I'm left with a chalky taste in my mouth now. I've never read a sort of distant rage with such softly written tones before. I'm really speechless here. And I was so definite on what I was going to display here. Well... I loved. Scholar

  • A former member wrote: The last six lines were the most powerful for me. The beginning and the middle were extraordinary, but the ending... Awesome write. Scholar

  • Cattarax On Thursday, January 21, 2010, Cattarax (227)By person wrote:

    "today I wish I wasn't invincible" = incredible. I have read this time and time again and still I am at a loss for words. Jon you never cease to amaze me!

  • Dilated View On Tuesday, December 15, 2009, Dilated View (602)By person wrote:

    Well damn. This left me wounded.

  • sIo On Wednesday, December 2, 2009, sIo (941)By person wrote:

    i've read this several times but never left a comment.

  • A former member wrote: This turned out lovely, babe. I wish we'd written it together

  • Narcissa On Sunday, October 25, 2009, Narcissa (409)By person wrote:

    Some hearts brake so beautifully...and its sad when the well dries...so the longing starts all over again...you always know how to thread your words with pure poetry...

  • A former member wrote: Where do those beautiful words come from anyway? =)

  • Moonflower On Wednesday, October 21, 2009, Moonflower (303)By person wrote:

    .....i can relate.

  • A former member wrote: "Today- I wish I wasn't invincible" . +tpu+

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