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Cord Cutting Ritual

a poem

By Kay HusnickPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
Cord Cutting Ritual
Photo by Ksenia Yakovleva on Unsplash

The spellbooks say to sever a bond I need candles and string

my mother says I need a lawyer

the bank says I need your signature or you need mine

my father says all I need is to give him a key and let him call the shots.

I say I need an update, plead in unsent email drafts begging for my freedom from you

and you say nothing or too much about everything else, refusing any acknowledgment of the hostage you made me

I highlight and delete until I'm left with one-word sentences

always asking the same question, always another implied

when does this end?

sad poetryfact or fiction

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Comments (15)

  • Dr. Jason Benskin26 days ago

    Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • C. Rommial Butlerabout a month ago

    Well-wrought! Been there.. done that... lost the t-shirt in the divorce...

  • Selina DeCarlesabout a month ago

    As a witch, I love this and the play on words you create here. Thanks for sharing and congrats!

  • Grz Colmabout a month ago

    Cut those dang cords! Nice work on your top story! 😊👍

  • Love this , very other worldly

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    Listen to your mother and the spellbook! Congrats on TS🤩

  • Joe Pattersonabout a month ago

    Well done. Congratulations on top story

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Many congratulations on TS Well deserved win

  • TahimaAniabout a month ago

    congratulations 🥳

  • Dana Crandellabout a month ago

    Tons of pent up frustration in very few words. Congratulations on a great read and the Top Story!

  • peterabout a month ago

    thanks your story

  • Gerard DiLeoabout a month ago

    It ends when the cord goes pulseless. Also, the umbilical cord has no nerve endings, so it doesn't hurt to cut it. When the pulses cease, why wait?

  • Silver Serpent Booksabout a month ago

    The contradiction in those first two lines is fantastic. Terrific poem!

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    You bring your reader through a variety of options, none of which are good or bad, but all of which seem to miss the point of actually extracting your narrator from the circumstances at hand. I love the tension you've created -- in effect, you keep your reader prisoner, too, awaiting a proper resolve. Loved the chuckle of a "one-word sentence". Enjoyed it!

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