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Day Break

Not Welcome

By KJ AartilaPublished 14 days ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024
Day Break
Photo by César Couto on Unsplash

Can I feel your rage this ‘rise,

or is the beast within me still,

while I sip my morning coffee

and drown my wake-up pill?

Until the dawn is quiet,

I cannot get my fill

of my wishes and my secrets,

quickly swallowed with my swill.

Adjusting daily to this solitude,

held against my will.

I’d like to shake this routine up,

I wish it were my right.

Only darkness is my comfort,

never morning light.

Sometimes my insides echo,

screaming for a fight.

But I’ll just bite my tongue this day

and take another sip;

I’m not in the mood right now

for the lashing of your whip.

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KJ Aartila

A writer of words in northern WI with a small family and a large menagerie.

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  • Anna 9 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story!

  • Shirley Belk10 days ago

    I felt like this every morning before getting in my car and fighting traffic to get to work...Congratulations on your Top Story!

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  • Babs Iverson11 days ago

    Fabulous rhyming and loved it!!!💕❤️ Congratulations on Top Story!!!❤️

  • angela hepworth12 days ago

    Congrats on top story! Loved your rhyme scheme throughout.

  • Gloria Penelope12 days ago

    Great story, congratulations!

  • "Only darkness is my comfort, never morning light." Those lines were so relatable. Your poem was so poignant and emotional, it hit me so hard. Sending you lots of love and hugs ❤️

  • BrettNotGreg13 days ago

    I could feel this in my bones through and through! Great work, and congrats on top story!

  • The raw, barely controlled emotions in this poem pulse through every line. Love this -- "Sometimes my insides echo, screaming for a fight."

  • Congratulations on top story 🎉🎉🎉

  • JBaz13 days ago

    Nice beat and flow throughout Last two lines clinches it Congratulations

  • That last part is so heavy it feels like a huge weight on your chest so exhausting and terrifying

  • kp13 days ago

    oof! raw and honest, yet delightfully paced and rhymed. a well-deserved and vulnerable top story. thanks so much for sharing.

  • Thavien Yliaster13 days ago

    Since it's You, I'm looking at this more so from a parent-child perspective than a couples' perspective, but it also reads like that of friends arguing. Plus, I'm surprised that You don't use Your whip to disarm them of theirs.

  • this had such a great flow...GREAT job! Congratulations!!

  • Khan13 days ago

    It's awesome

  • Congrats on the Top Story! The rhythm is amazing!

  • Just wow.

  • Emil indw13 days ago

    Is this the implied saturation? 💁🏻‍♀️

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  • Andrea Corwin 14 days ago

    I like it! It sounds like living for the weekend when one doesn't have to get up and go to work.

  • Well-wrought! Excellent rhyme and rhythm! Hope you are well!

  • Ooofff, this is powerfully tragic! Well written KJ!!!

  • Cathy holmes14 days ago

    This is great, especially the last 4 lines. I feel that.

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