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The grass was higher than her hemline
and when we ran it whipped tallies into her skin.
Faint reminders of her feints at death
that ran along each artery.

She flew;
like leaves tossed high upon a summer wild
into the seasons greetings.
It greeted her;
the sun kissed her as an idol. So did I.

A hazy bronze summer dulled slowly.
I tasted copper in my mouth,
spat blood into the sink: ashamed, disgusted,
alone.

We sat apart together
over gravy boats and salted wounds.
She remarked on the rain.
She reigned over her mark.
She had my trachea wrapped around her little finger and,
once or twice, she twisted.
She was twisted.
I grew cold to her; afraid.
But eventually, one not-so-special morning,
the sun came up.
Spring, I thought. Spring, I did!

I got out of her house
and out of her hair, like she'd nagged me to;
I ran.
I ran and the grass made me higher
than her hemline ever had; 
as I ran and it whispered tales of freedom.
Faint reminders of faraway places that ran deep
inside my arteries.
I was free again.
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Seasons passing in an abusive relationship. Just because its complicated doesn't make it right. Be free, little sparrows <3
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HelevornArt Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wonderfully said!!! :clap:
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Thanks :D
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a masterpiece!!  :headbang:!!!
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015
:blush: thank you! Wow
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One of them "I wish I wrote it" pieces.   Be VERY proud. :heart:!!
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rainylake Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi there! You have been featured in my Artist Showcase box on my profile page. Feel free to go check out some of the other works that have been included with yours La la la la

Have a wonderful day :) (Smile)
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
Thank you!!
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No problem :)
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Daghrgenzeen Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, your writings are so great. ;w;
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2015
:blush: nuuu
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Daghrgenzeen Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Yuuuush. :hug:
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Entraya Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
<3

i think i will go with simply that
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2015
:heart: Thank you!
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nightshade-keyblade Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Wish I knew that back then.

Whatever the case, I love the first stanza. I see that girl in that field when I read it.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:tighthug:
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SECRET-NINJA-SUPER-M Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
The ending is absolutely beautiful! Reminds me of the wind in my hair on a slightly rainy day. :huggle:
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:tighthug: aw thank you! :)
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RattledFawn Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Student Writer
This is so breathtaking and beautiful. There's nothing more liberating than
breaking free from a toxic situation, and sometimes running can truly feel
like you are flying. Love this! :heart:
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:tighthug: So glad :D Thank you so much :tighthug:
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RattledFawn Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Student Writer
Of course, dear! :tighthug:
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Redsterfish Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Life seems to be all about circulatory happenings :D Amazingly phantastic poem OMG
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:giggle: Thanks!
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I was going to comment. But nyota-sanaa already said what needed to be said. Congrats :)
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:love: Thanks my friend :rose:
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You're welcome, pal :)
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:D 
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nyota-sanaa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is a beautiful piece :heart: I've never experienced an abusive relationship, thank God, but the feeling of freedom from anything oppressing is universal. The metaphor is wonderfully and powerfully used here, and you definitely have a gift for poetry. I could read more like this all day! Never give this up :heart:
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
:tighthug: Thank you sweetheart, I'm so glad you liked this. Your words meant the world to me :] 
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nyota-sanaa Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :hug: Glad to have read it :D
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