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Free Verse Poetry — A Love/Hate Relationship

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No no no!
They have messed it all up!
Why replace what is precious?

I cannot smell you
feel the richness of you
or flip through you
with the chance of a papercut
to bleed and know you are real

I cannot look around at you with pride
count you
lovingly run my fingers along your sides
nor rejoice in your stacked delight

You are stoic
a plastic container holding words
it doesn’t matter that you are light
breathe light
and become darkness
with a flip of a switch

Nor does it matter that you hold
thousands of precious souls captive

You are still not a book

©2020 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.

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Lori Carlson writes poetry, fiction, articles and personal essays. Most of her topics are centered around Relationships, Spirituality, Life Lessons, Mental Health, and the LGBTQ+ community. She currently writes for Illumination,💜The POM💜 , The Friday Fix, House of Haiku, Know Thyself, Heal Thyself, The Purple Pen, Tempest in Under 1000, The Weekly Knob, The Rebel Poets Society, Heart Revolution, Share the Love, Spiritual Tree and Written Tales.



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