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Hot Embers

by Kelli Sheckler-Amsden 13 days ago in slam poetry · updated 13 days ago
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Cold Heart

Hot Embers
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Hot embers on a cold heart

Got nothing left - of me to give

I tried resetting me to restart

Cuz this ain’t no way - for one to live

The buttons broke, repaired with duct tape

Guess I’ve pushed it here before

Probably the last time I said - the last time

As you were walking out the door

~~~~~~~~~~

So keep on askin’ for a handout

It’s not the askin’ that annoys me

It’s the expectation of a reply

That really digs - underneath my skin

~~~~~~~~~~~

No, I don’t expect for you to get it

You’ve not been one - for reasoning

I just thought I’d give a heads-up

This jukebox, ain’t gonna sing

I forgot the words, they have no meaning

Though, the melody never seemed to fit

Like the stretchy, left inside my spandex

Pulled about as much - as your gonna get

There was a time I’d try to fix that

But that ships, already sailed

Yeah, I’m a little short of effort

Why try if it’s bound to fail

~~~~~~~~~

So keep on askin’ for a handout

It’s not the askin’ that annoys me

It’s the expectation of a reply

That really digs - underneath my skin

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Kelli Sheckler-Amsden

Telling stories my heart needs to tell <3 life is a journey, not a competition

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  • JoAnn Ryan12 days ago

    Powerful!

  • Keila Aartila12 days ago

    This is superb- reads like song lyrics, too. :)

  • Gideon 6ix12 days ago

    "it is the expectation of a reply" Boom! Great work, I can envision the stage performance perfectly!🔥🔥🔥

  • sleepy drafts12 days ago

    Powerful and poignant. 💗

  • Gina C.13 days ago

    So powerful and emotional. Really love this. Great job!

  • Cathy holmes13 days ago

    Great piece with a strong message. Well done

  • Here for you on this, great words once more

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