#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 9 : “Honestly”




Honestly

honestly, it’s been difficult,
plastering on the strong face,
telling lies about my
wellbeing

no need to worry,
we’ve all got enough
on our plates

mine’s on the ground now,
I smashed it
to pieces for the sake
of hearing
something new

every line written
is a cry for assistance,
but no one listens,
their own hands
are bloodied
from their own
jagged edges

life’s tragedies
are abundant & if you
can’t do anything
but pray about it
they’ll color you weak

so be it, humans
never offered me
much so who else
can I go to for help?

here’s some action,
now the window’s broken,
the one that shows
soul glimpses, my
chronic conditions
on full display

are your eyes tearing up now too?

we’ll drown in
an ocean of broken women,
what’s one more? what’s
the cost of pretending?
what’s the worth
of the damaged body?
the unproductive,
worthless vessel
bobbing along
for your amusement

honestly, you wanted this,
an unleashing, you begged
for it

now stay as silent
as the rest
because I’m
more used to that


Published by Jennifer Patino

Poet.

20 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 9 : “Honestly”

  1. The shards magically reassemble and rise back up to be dashed again, differently. Security, I guess, for a job that doesn’t pay… except in the nodding heads of witnesses with familiar scars. ♡

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  2. I felt the power of this poem. The imagery evokes frustration as well as sadness and it felt familiar. Sometimes people stay silent, but it doesn’t mean your words haven’t moved them, perhaps made them feel a little less alone!

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  3. Great poem! I especially love these lines:
    “their own hands
    are bloodied
    from their own
    jagged edges

    life’s tragedies
    are abundant & if you
    can’t do anything
    but pray about it
    they’ll color you weak

    so be it, humans
    never offered me
    much so who else
    can I go to for help?”

    People try to appear strong, but we are often struggling more than we let on and are unable to do much to help others. Fortunately, we can have hope in God. Perhaps His existence is so much more important than we formerly thought that it is in His love that He allows us to recognize how weak we really are so that we will reach out for Him, for His mercy and grace.

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