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the gaps

A RubyRed Original Poem

By Ruby RedPublished about a month ago β€’ 1 min read
Top Story - June 2024
the gaps
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is it the flush of pimples there on my chin

or more to the point, the curve of my hips?

you don't know the names of every scratch and scar

how dare you get started on the sound of my laugh.

of course i shut down whenever you're there;

there's nothing to do except watch you stare.

i could keep writing, square my shoulders, raise my brows,

but in the end it's all pointless if i'm just an item to browse.

and yes we've shouted, marched and fought

for something far more damaging than before:

an abstract world

it's constantly with us

the endless "dinging" drives our heartbeat

and you let it.

how can you sit there, GET OFF YOUR PHONE

for crying out loud, don't you feel alone?

or you do, but it's fine

it's normal,

you're good.

because you're not the figures,

they were just misunderstood.

and how's that to explain

what it all cost,

the marching, the fighting

did it do any good?

because now i sit here

a prized trophy on a shelf

while the comments keep coming

and a shadow rings my bell.


Thank you for reading!

If you enjoyed this, here's a book you might like:

You Could Be So Pretty by Holly Bourne.

This poem was inspired by a Vocal TS I read just then.

Stay strong 🌱

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Ruby Red

"All the world's a stage,

And all the men and women merely players:

They have their exits and their entrances;

And one man in his time plays many parts."

- William Shakespeare

Consider this a doorway to my heart and soul. 🌱

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Comments (10)

  • jameel Nawazabout a month ago

    Awesome , subscribe me

  • Dr. Jason Benskinabout a month ago

    Awesome work! Love this read. Keep up he good work. When you get a chance please check out my work let me know your thoughts.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! πŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠπŸŽ‰πŸ’–πŸŽŠ

  • Margaret Brennanabout a month ago

    congratulations on TS. very emotional and right to the point!

  • Ameer Bibiabout a month ago

    It was stunning though Congratulations on TS

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Back to say congrats.

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    Congrats on top story!! I knew this would make it!

  • Esala Gunathilakeabout a month ago

    Loved your work.

  • angela hepworthabout a month ago

    So good! You express so much emotion in your form and word choice here I loved it.

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    This was so deep and emotional. Loved your poem!

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