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.

48 thoughts on “Wash The Words From Me

      1. 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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      1. 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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      2. 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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      3. 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. 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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