Inside a criminal mind

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Like a cutting knife, words can pierce the skin
they go back and forth in your mind
Oh, gloom and vengeance whisper within
urging blood to pour out of your veins
like negligence words can pierce the skin
Autumn, a flurry of browns, oranges and reds
a source for when idle and dark hours begin
Oh soft, unwilling flesh and deepening moans           
with lips writhed into contumelious grin
and contempt searing in a gaze beneath mine
Like a bullet, words can pierce the skin

 

Photo credits: Self-Portrait – El Lissitzky

Form: The Fold

Posted for “Poems in April” @ Real Toads

Posted on Poetry Pantry @ Poets United

Comments

  1. gillena says:

    🤤OMG Sanaa this is a definite YES to the requirement for today’s prompt
    Had to look up ‘contumelious’ thank you for adding to my vocabulary a new word

    Much🌼love

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Gillena 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

      (and thank you for the lovely prompt)

  2. Yes, words can definitely be destructive weapons. You had me feeling, as I read, just how painful and piercing they can be.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rosemary ❤️

  3. paul scribbles says:

    Words are so very destructive…as are thoughts, which is where I went with this today.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Paul 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  4. Ellecee says:

    What you say is so true, words can be very destructive, more than we sometimes realize. A strong and powerful write 🙂 A difficult form which you’ve definitely conquered 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ellecee 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  5. Bjorn says:

    Oh those words.. so much pain they can cause. You used the form so well

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Bjorn 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

    1. Sanaa says:

      🙂

  6. A perfect fold, well creased and wonderfully worded, Sanaa! Words as weapons are possibly the most destructive.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Kim 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  7. Vivian Zems says:

    This is a delight…words piercing the skin..love it! Like a knife, like a bullet…….excellent, Sanaa !

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Vivian 😀 so glad you enjoyed it ❤️

  8. Candy says:

    words can be the most destructive of weapons

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Candace ❤️

  9. Mary says:

    Words can definitely pierce the skin & hurt deeply. I like the flow of your poem, how the first line ALMOST repeated in the final line – how it drove the point home!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Mary 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  10. Rommy says:

    Poets of all people should know the power of words.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Rommy ❤️

  11. gillena says:

    Happy Sunday Sanaa

    much love…

    1. Sanaa says:

      Happy Sunday Gillena ☕️

      Much🌹love..

  12. So true, great analogy of words & bullets. We need more kindness! 😊

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Loredana 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  13. Indeed they can. Well said.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Sherry 😀 so good to see you ❤️

  14. Your powerful words teach us that yes wounding comes from those words hard to ignore especially with that ‘contumelious’ grin

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Donna 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  15. Searing. And it can leave scars.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Colleen ❤️

  16. Indeed, I’m pretty sure that when they say that “the pen is mightier than the sword”, they are speaking of words sharp enough to maim the one they are intended for as they destroy the one wielding them. No one is really safe around unnecessarily cutting words. Eventually, everyone touched by them will lose bits of themselves.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Magaly ❤️

  17. ayala says:

    Words are powerful. Well said!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Ayala 🙂 so good to see you ❤️

  18. ZQ says:

    Ouch! Well written.
    ZQ

    1. Sanaa says:

      😉

  19. Wendy Bourke says:

    Brilliant writing! ‘Like a bullet, words can pierce the skin’ – a powerful and haunting simile.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Wendy 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  20. kaykuala says:

    and contempt searing in a gaze beneath mine
    Like a bullet, words can pierce the skin

    In anger words can be a nasty barrage of superlatives

    Hank

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Hank ❤️

  21. Thotpurge says:

    contumelious grin! nice… looked it up!!!

    1. Sanaa says:

      Thank you so much, Rajani 😀 so glad you liked it ❤️

  22. dsnake1 says:

    yes, words can be like weapons, as poets and politicians should know. 🙂

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Cheong ❤️

  23. Margaret says:

    Words remain tucked inside forever – a life long encouragement or detriment.

    1. Sanaa says:

      Definitely 🙂 thanks for stopping by, Margaret ❤️

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