Wash The Words From Me

Just a few words…

Just a few
Combinations
Of letters,

Plain,
Innocuous,

A few syllabic sounds
When mouthed,

Non-threatening,
Unremarkable…

But still,
Coursing through
My veins,

Carving through
My mind,
Cutting through my heart.

Just a few words…

At face value,
Harmless,

But inside me,
Part of me,
Co-opting me,

These words
Are damning,
And destructive.

Words like…

“I love you.”

Words like…

“I can’t live without you.”

Words like…

“Tell me that you love me too.”

Simple.

Inconspicuous.

Immemorable.

That is,
Until my mind
Connects my heart
With those words…

And every failure,
Shortcoming,
And regret

Wells up,
And punishes me
Yet again…

For losing you.

Maybe another drink
Will wash those words
From my flesh,

Purge every memory
Defined by those phrases,

And drain them all
On this paper…

Where only my eyes
Will be tortured,

Sparing my heart,

Loosening your grasp
On my soul.

Just one more drink
To cleanse me.

Just one more drink
To wash the words

From me.

 
© 2018 W. C. Stacia, Jr.

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52 thoughts on “Wash The Words From Me

  1. This is really deep and I feel it …..So wonderfully penned down ..The art of your pen ✨✨👌

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    1. That is so very kind of you to say. Thank you so much!!

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      1. You’re welcome ! I really liked the one you posted yesterday also! 😊

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      2. That’s so kind of you. We simply have to write…don’t we…and set those words free? That’s the compelling burden of that fire in the belly that is all consuming.

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      3. So true! I’ve been writing as long as I can remember. Some are up lifting and others are just raw emotion or thoughts.

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      4. It’s as if we can’t control or direct an outcome. Simply a release of something deep within. Both a torture and pleasure.

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      5. Yes, I guess its called the writer’s curse. 😊

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      6. That’s it. A damned curse!!

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      7. Lol! Yep! It sure can be at times

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      8. But, we will overcome!!

        We simply need to give freedom to words.

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      9. Yep! Some of the worse things we go through in life could be the thing that lets us pen our very best work!

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      10. Just right. The pen points to the destination.

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      11. Yep! So we must keep writing ! 😊

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      12. Yes… that’s a pact!! 😊

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      13. Lol! Sounds good! 😊

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  2. words have a way of settling deep inside us, you write that beautifully here.

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    1. Thank you Gina.

      And I think you are exactly right. Words have such a power and presence in our life…not to be ignored or shunned…those words have a power unto themselves.

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      1. and its also how you harness that power to bring life to the words. I am just learning the power it has.

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      2. All consuming, isn’t it?

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      3. it is totally. I have been denied words and at one time lost my ability to form those words, so yes definitely grateful for the power of words. I feel blessed to read yours.

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      4. And the feeling, my friend, is mutual.

        Keep doing what you do!!!

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      5. thank you! i hope I can! and the same to you too

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      6. We both will…it has to be done. It’s something deep inside that must be released.

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      7. agreed. but sometimes I hold back afraid I may become more vulnerable than i already am. don’t you?

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      8. We write to provide that release…yes? To me, what matters most, is the honesty in emotions conveyed.

        No one can judge or impugn what rests in our hearts.

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      9. you are a good person Bill, I admire the generosity of your spirit. it is scary to be so in touch with our feelings more than revealing it to the world. yes the honesty is important

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      10. That’s very kind of you Gina. Thank you!!

        At this point in my life, I’ve decided to speak clearly, and loudly. Too many years have stifled my creativity and innermost thoughts.

        No more.

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    1. Really appreciate it Jaya!! 🙂

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  3. This actually made me cry…I don’t know what else to say xx

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      1. Don’t be, it’s beautiful 😊

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      2. Thank you!! I felt badly about that!!

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      3. So sorry I didn’t mean you too, it was just incredibly moving x

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      4. Not to worry! I appreciate the clarification. And I also appreciate your interest and support of my work! 😊

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      5. Yep I’m a fan 😊 x

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  4. Breathtakingly gorgeous Bill. I quite like this.

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    1. I really appreciate it Tara!!!! Thank you so much!!!

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  5. Bill, every time I try to tell you how wonderful this one is, my brain short-circuits. Ha! There’s a lot of feels and history here, both for writer and reader, and I love it. Really good deep-down-reaching stuff.

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    1. Thank you Sara! I very much appreciate the comment, and I’m glad you liked it!

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  6. Yesss I felt this one!👏

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    1. Thank you so much!! So glad you liked it!!

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  7. Your poetry is so poignant Bill

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    1. Thanks Lorraine! There is a bit of a me in everything I write…and the more I connect with the theme, the more cathartic it is.

      Really appreciate your comments!! Hope you have a great day!

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    1. Thank you!! And I very much appreciate your comments!!!

      🙂 !!!

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