It is not the public we need to satisfy – A Poem

His eyes were bloodshot

What did they see

Certainly not me

Though it was my face they skated

And left cold


He never spoke


His hands wrote on my skin

What of

Certainly not love

Though it could not have been more intimate

I’ll never know


He never spoke


When I reached for you

What did you show

Certainly not hope

Though you gave a great display

I remained alone


We never spoke


When someone has harmed

What does punishing serve

Certainly not the hurt

Though the unaffected will be satisfied

I only choke


We never spoke

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6 comments on “It is not the public we need to satisfy – A Poem
  1. Compelling sense of emptiness

  2. Extremely haunting with a palpable sadness.

  3. The refrain here is lightly spoken, sad, and hypnotic. Ties it all together well. Love the eyes skating the face and leaving it cold.

    • ruleofstupid says:

      That was my ‘little moment’ too – don’t know if you’re the same, but there’s often one phrase or image that makes me think ‘ah, that’s the nugget’ – the stone of the poetic ring. Thank you for your considered feedback – you are nice 🙂

  4. What a sad lament for those who suffer touch (unwanted, uninvited, unknown) without contact. Agree that how can punishment heal injustice of violation?

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