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two in one

By Olivia DodgePublished about a month ago 1 min read
Top Story - May 2024

3/2/22 3:26pm

They say grief gets lighter over time and

I suppose that should

make sense but I’ve

never been very strong my father always

told me to go to the gym I guess I should

have listened maybe my arms wouldn’t

fall to my sides at the sight of your grave

if I had renewed my membership but I

was only twelve

how could I know ten

pounds would save my heart from its own

demise how could I know it would have

been the perfect training to carry your

rotten corpse from the living room into my

bed

/

When my brittle ice / whittles at citrus

from the wife / whose lips curl

showcase each breath / on my knees

I remember these / wrapped around the

little bones / in here / life / grown to the birds

They melt

the end

— ODH

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Olivia Dodge

22 | Chicago

ig: l1vyzzzz & lntlmate

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Comments (10)

  • Manisha Dhalani28 days ago

    Congrats on top story!

  • Anna 29 days ago

    Congrats on Top Story! :)

  • Joe O’Connor30 days ago

    I really love the creativity of your layout in this piece. It adds a lot to the heaviness of the emotion

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Stunningly written. Your unique format makes for an amazing flow and reading experience!

  • Silver Serpent Booksabout a month ago

    The movement and flow in this poem was stunning. Congrats on the Top Story!

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    I love the endless liminal flow of your piece, visceral and emotional

  • Melissa Ingoldsbyabout a month ago

    I love these endless liminal flow of your piece, visceral and emotional

  • Dr. Jason Benskinabout a month ago

    Nice Work. I enjoyed your poem very much. Let me know your thoughts on my work, open to constuctive feedback.

  • Heartfelt words on loss

  • Belleabout a month ago

    I find this thought provoking... beautifully written. I love the slashes in the end! Those last lines are entrancing, I wonder more about their meaning... Lovely.

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