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intergenerational love and pain

By R.C. TaylorPublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - April 2024
Photo by Eye for Ebony on Unsplash


i am piece of you,

cloth trying to dye itself another color

caged bird trying to break free

black swan or white

never knowing which i am

we circle each other

like sun and moon

eclipses our understanding

while the rest of the time we are

Jormungandr constricting each other’s Earth

battling our demons as we wear

each other’s face

the sea has died and risen again in us

echoes upset at the voice for sounding the same

but always calling back anyways

pendulums in the valley between us

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R.C. Taylor

I write to invoke, to process, to honor, to resurrect, and—sometimes—to grieve but, above all, I write to be free.

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Very well written. Keep up the good work!

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  1. Heartfelt and relatable

    The story invoked strong personal emotions

  2. Easy to read and follow

    Well-structured & engaging content

  3. Excellent storytelling

    Original narrative & well developed characters

  1. On-point and relevant

    Writing reflected the title & theme

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    Creative use of language & vocab

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  • Hannah Moore30 days ago


  • Charlie williamsabout a month ago

    Beautiful work

  • Anna about a month ago

    Beautiful! Congrats on Top Story!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    You layered family, trauma and myths in a. Fantasy piece of truth and honest pain

  • Vicki Lawana Trusselli about a month ago

    Congratulations on your top story . It's beautifull

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    This is a gorgeous piece. Congrats on the TS.

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    Your poem beautifully captures the complex bond between a mother and child. 🌸 It portrays the struggle of finding individual identity within this relationship, using vivid imagery and metaphors like "cloth trying to dye itself another color." 🌊 The poem evokes powerful emotions and leaves a lasting impact. 💖 Great job! 👏

  • Gloria Penelopeabout a month ago

    Nice work, congratulations.

  • Flamance @ lit.about a month ago

    Great job congratulations

  • Iris Harrisabout a month ago

    Brilliant. Love the parent-child connection you wove with the expose eclipse. Great work.

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Wow, your first two lines caught my eyes. Congratulations!

  • Andrea Corwin about a month ago

    pendulums in the valley between us is a fabulous description! Congrats on TS!

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    You express struggle and then acceptance so so well here, amazing poem & congrats on top story!!

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Such focused accuracy in poetic description! All I can say is "Wow!"

  • D. D. Leeabout a month ago

    Congrats on Top Story, such a nice read!

  • Excellent Top Story ✅ I really liked ‘black swan or white never knowing which i am we circle each other like sun and moon eclipses our understanding’

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    Fabulous!!! Congratulations on Top Story too!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Loved all of your poem. This line moved me most of all: "cloth trying to dye itself another color". Brilliant. Congratulations on Top Story.

  • Frankie Martinelliabout a month ago

    Congratulations on the well deserved Top Story!

  • S.K. Wilsonabout a month ago

    So good! 🩷 Loved the beats and pattern, great imagery!

  • Mariann Carrollabout a month ago

    You are mom and you seem very close from reading this poem

  • Lamar Wigginsabout a month ago

    Excellent work, R.C.! I could feel the hints of frustration grow, twist and turn into acceptance for what it is. Well done!

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