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the truth sits heavy


By Heather HublerPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - March 2024
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whatever didn't wake the monster,

was most likely my afternoon food of choice.

a silent snack,

on silent feet,

tiptoeing through the hall,

hoping the floor

didn't creak or

my school bag didn't rustle.

i held my breath

til the door snicked shut

and the lock engaged,

ears still strained for

the sound of movement

despite the barrier in place.

i stayed thirsty,

no drink=no need to pee,

couldn't chance leaving

my sanctuary so soon.

i munched on fear

and drank down misery,

time after time.

to this day,

no matter how much i

think on it, i've no idea

what i actually ate,

yet i'm sure it must've been

something as i'm still

choking on the memory

and chewing on lies.

the only thing i ever swallowed

was the truth.


Inspired by the #snacktimesonata challenge.

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Comments (41)

  • Addy Gill4 months ago

    Nicely Done. Congrats on Top Story.

  • Oh Heather 🥺 I’m so sorry that you were able to write this. It’s a really powerful poem, strong emotion throughout… x

  • F Cade Swanson4 months ago

    Congrats on TS and on this painful and beautiful poem. I love the verbs- you use so many unexpected and perfect words. Well done!

  • Swallowing the truth so as not to disturb another's distance & equilibrium or incur their wrath--painful & tough. May we never suffer such angst again in our lives. More importantly, may we never be the cause of such suffering in others.

  • Esala Gunathilake4 months ago

    What a nice poem! Wow, it felt me a lot.

  • Congrats on the Top Story! Beautiful poem and well-deserved. You perfectly capture the depths of this kind of fear.

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Wow, lil' sis, this one hits hard. Great work!

  • Veronica Coldiron4 months ago

    You really should consider publishing your poetry. It's edgy, intelligent and packs one hell of a wallop!

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    Impactful and insightful, this one cuts to the quick. I love the lyrical brightness, the seeming simplicity, which intentionally belies the depths of hurt, fear, and terror actually being experienced. Brilliantly written poem. Congratulations on TS for March!

  • Katarzyna Popiel4 months ago

    Wow, a poem about me! How come you knew my teenage life so well?

  • Sandra Matos4 months ago

    Excellent writing. I am sorry that this was your childhood. Thank you for sharing this.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Ah, pal. I'm sorry you had this experience. Like those words don't even cut it, not really, but you know what I mean. Like... You wrote this so powerfully and beautifully. I am not surprised this got Top Story quicker than I had a chance to read it! Congrats on that. Always impressed with how you take the most awful experiences and memories and turn them into something magical.

  • Christian Lee4 months ago

    Very cool poem. Experience surely teaches us. There is a boldness about the telling of the story. Enjambment isn't used recklessly here; I really appreciate that. "Choking on the memory/And chewing on lies". Not sure how you managed to get so much irony and metaphor in these two lines. It felt like I was looking at despair barefaced when I read it. Isn't poetry the "best" of alchemy?

  • Call Me Les4 months ago

    Wow that's powerful. I want to ask what inspired it but I'm not sure I should. I think there are quite a few kids though that might see their experiences in this. <3

  • Margaret Brennan4 months ago

    Excellent portraying of emotions.

  • Caroline Craven4 months ago

    Gosh. This was incredibly sad. Excellent writing as always. You always make me feel something. Hope you’re doing ok.

  • It's not a happy piece but I'm happy to see it got a Top Story. Congratulations my fear friend ❤️

  • Brin J.4 months ago

    When the food (emotions) tastes like ash, but you force yourself to swallow it anyway. I'm sorry Heather.❤️‍🩹

  • Suze Kay4 months ago

    Heather, this one hit me deep. Heavy indeed. Sending hugs.

  • Great take on the challenge and you got what you deserved (in the nicest possible way)

  • Babs Iverson4 months ago

    Brilliantly written!!!💕❤️❤️ Congratulations on Top Story!!!

  • Anna 4 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🥳🥳🥳

  • Melissa Ingoldsby4 months ago

    Wow this is fucking brilliant work my friend 🥰❤️😍😍

  • Test4 months ago

    Beautifully written as always but so heartbreaking and powerful 🤍

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