Exposed – A Poem

Like a black and white photo

so overly exposed,

my soul unfolds before you

not unlike a rose –

caught at just the right angle,

These high heels dangle and drop

and your doubtful words

stu//tter to – a – stop

Then… silence //

as they clatter to the floor-

Opening a trap door-

but it’s far too late to escape this dance,

I can only hide behind my ever tumbling hair

and delicate hands.

Your unending stare flatters

like an old fashioned romance,

But my broken pieces are like stars –

Their blinding light ricocheting

from my multitude of scars,

But you’ve surely seen enough,

My bewildered emerald eyes-

are the lantern to see all of my love,

Your metaphorical shutter moves and dances //

again and again

Capturing every single inch of me,

As my only armor begins to slip –

and falls like a sheet of black satin.

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About Gretchen Leary

I am 32 years old, I live in the Boston area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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10 Responses to Exposed – A Poem

  1. Grace says:

    It takes courage to be vulnerable and exposed once more…specially like this line:

    My bewildered emerald eyes-

    are the lantern to see all of my love,

  2. Hugely inspiring poem. I love this:

    my broken pieces are like stars –

    Their blinding light ricocheting

    from my multitude of scars,

    I relate.

  3. Ricocheting light to scars is an interesting thought, as they attract attention but will never be left alone.

  4. Frank Hubeny says:

    I like the idea of the soul unfolding like a rose.

  5. Sometimes I think scars it was makes us beautiful… at least I know the everyone have some, but few have the courage to show them… love how you describe it.

  6. rothpoetry says:

    I love it! What beautiful images you portray as your walls come tumbling down!
    Dwight

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