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By Celia in UnderlandPublished 2 months ago Updated 2 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - October 2023
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In response to Poppy's super fun prompt

Red.

Like a hot stone of fury

Stuck in the throat.

Congealed phlegm

Choking on the embers

Of resentment –

Biting

Like scarlet lips

Whispering in yearning ears

Like a siren

Of sex.

Fuckable.

Tearing

Into the heart

Of a moment.

Laced in layers

Like a memory

Floating through the air

Of belonging.

Rising

Like the cheeks

Of shame

Flushing warm -

A secret

Shared in the presence

Of lies.

Lit

Like the town

Of an after party

Sprayed in high jinx.

A graffiti wall

Of jubilation.

Smashing

Like the warfare

Of a broken land

Shot down in bullets

Hitting hard the floor

Of pain.

Threshold

Fucking

Palpitating

Burning

Angry

Loving

Red

Sex

Red.

Blood

Shot

Hand

Caught

In the

Dance

Red

Bull.

Died

A

Death –

Or just.

A Red herring?

slam poetry
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About the Creator

Celia in Underland

Just a voice finding its echo. Teacher - reader- bystander -weird as a koala in The Arctic, but slowly learning to ditch the ecalptus and embrace the ice pop. #evolutionaryroad

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  • J. S. Wade2 months ago

    Wow. Now that’s a performance piece. Can’t wait to hear your YouTube version. 😎 Congratulations on the Top Story 🥇

  • Joe Patterson2 months ago

    😮 outstanding. Congratulations on your top story.

  • Babs Iverson2 months ago

    Amazing performance poem!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!💕❤️❤️

  • Onah chidera2 months ago

    Nice I wish ❤️ I mine where this good

  • Rob Angeli2 months ago

    So so very red in every dimension, very immersive experience. Now I'm seeing red. Congratulations on Top Story!

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    yay, so glad to come back and say congrats on an awesome Top Story!

  • Gerald Holmes2 months ago

    Wow!! This all came from the word red? Wonderful writing. Congrats on the Top Story.

  • Donna Renee2 months ago

    This is definitely a performance piece, Celia!!! Congrats on the Top Story!!

  • Alexander McEvoy2 months ago

    Red hot emotions in this one! I loved how the sentence structure broke down throughout the piece and this whole poem just bled red. Beautifully done!

  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Palpable hot emotions. Anger of red shining through the tiers of broken, whole and mended back together feelings. Really a great representation of the color.

  • Kenny Penn2 months ago

    Wow this was an amazing poem, Celia! I could feel the passion behind the words, loved it!

  • Hannah Moore2 months ago

    You really capture the danger of red here, that enticing, exciting, horribly risky, wounding blaze of redness.

  • Whoaaaa, this was so intense! I'm so happy you chose red because it's my favourite colour!

  • Mackenzie Davis2 months ago

    Oh damn, Celia. I love that second part, the single words trailing to that punchy end! I feel the slam poetry, for sure; fantastic job! This bit: "Blood Shot Hand Caught In the Dance Red Bull. Died A Death – Or just. A Red herring?"

  • Reading this felt like the song in "Rent" where everyone is having sex ("Contact"), only in this, Angel doesn't die.

  • Poppy2 months ago

    This is absolutely stunning Celia! I could picture this being passionately performed on stage because it reads like slam poetry. Every line was incredible and the structure really added to the impact of it. I loved the ending too!! Thanks so much for taking part in the prompt💛

  • Loved the shape and sound of this

  • Veronica Coldiron2 months ago

    I was so drawn into this! It has kind of a musical ebb and flow to it! Beautiful work! 😍

  • Paul Stewart2 months ago

    This...is impressive. So impressive. Such a great way to show the connections between red and different things in life. Just, yeah! Great entry. Bravo.

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    Great poem, so many questions though. What’s making you red? What’s making you palpitate? Death? Who’s? Yours? A friends? And by red herring do you mean you faked your death? Anyway, well written. You’re a great writer!

  • Cathy holmes2 months ago

    This is great. I can see the colour in your words. Well done.

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