Shawn L. Bird

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poem-crushing May 30, 2016

Filed under: Poetry — Shawn L. Bird @ 8:20 am
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Words you knew not to say

you said.

Though you prefaced with

‘you’re not going to like this,’

you said them anyway.

You knew those words had venom,

that would poison her heart,

you said them.

And you watch the poison take her

ooze out through tears of




You pretend your purpose was care,

but caring is never deliberately cruel,

caring steps gently amid sensitivity,

caring builds supports to encourage.

In your mouth you have an anti-venom,

but you are silent,

contentedly watching the destruction

of the crushed spirit turning black

from the poison of

your words.

Moving farther from your affection

every moment you wait.





11 Responses to “poem-crushing”

  1. you write what lives in your heart in a simple eloquence

  2. Jim Stewart Says:

    That is a deep insight.

  3. Melody J Haislip Says:

    Gritty, nuanced and provocative (my favorite word) treatment of a difficult and important topic. In short, you rock, Shawn!

  4. Lorien Says:

    Wow, I always want to know the real people who inspired these words. And I picture you watching them with the poetry wheels turning in your brain. A very Dali-esque kind of scene.

  5. KW Says:

    Reblogged this on old enough to know better and young enough to do it again and commented:
    i feel your pain, and identify with your experience…i don’t pretend to know what you’ve been through, but please know, that i feel you…i have my own pain and my own experience, but reading your poem…made me feel less alone…thank you!!

  6. Words cannot be taken back. True anti-venin is being loving.

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