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How to Face the Ugly Truth

Your Ugly Truth is Beautiful

By Stevi-Lee AlverPublished about a year ago • Updated about a year ago • 1 min read
Runner-Up in Epistolary Challenge
How to Face the Ugly Truth
Photo by Kyle Cleveland on Unsplash

Dear Ugly Truth


You are one

bottle away from me.


You are twenty-one

shooters of broken


promises. You are a kind

of imitation, a kind of spectral


imprint, a kind of

animal in chains,


clawing at the air.

You douse me and strike


a match. I free fall

like a bird with its


wings on fire. I remember you

with cold-hearted shame. Whiskey


breath in must-stick breath. And

what is true of spirits is also


true of inkblots. I am a colour

shock in response and I am


nothing in ink but blood

splatters on napkins. What can


words do anyway?

This embodied


transaction. This hum,

this thing,


this ugliness, this

emptiness spit open.


Sincerely yours,

Soda & Lime

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About the Creator

Stevi-Lee Alver

Australian writer and tattoo artist based in Brazil. 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍🌈

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  • Christy Munson2 months ago

    Seriously cool idea and wonderful execution!

  • Melissa Ingoldsby11 months ago


  • Grz Colm11 months ago

    Congratulations on your placement in the challenge Stevie-lee! 😊🎉

  • Donna Renee11 months ago

    Congratulations!! This was a deep one. 👏

  • Stevi-Lee Alver (Author)about a year ago

    Thank you! I almost didn’t post this one. I’m glad you liked it. 🙏🏽

  • The Invisible Writerabout a year ago

    This was incredibly good. Really gripping I felt the struggle in every line of this

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