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July 13


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you were a series
of battles won--

kaleidoscopic memoirs
of your strength 
litter the kitchen bench,
something to hold on to
when the need's 
clutching, starving, 
wasting you away

twelve months sober
undone by one hour

the vodka bullet
dismantled a persona
already brittle-boned

you loved
in jagged pageturns,
like tomorrow was
already a memory,

and one day, tomorrow
stopped visiting

you died on valentine's day;
symbolism gifted in the form
of a flowing red bouquet
and desperate hopelessness

at least, that's what
they didn't say,
once the war 
For L, who has been gone five months now. This wasn't an easy piece for me, but I need to get it right.  

thirteenth of july, 2014
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Braxton-T-Rutledge Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2014
    battles won and wars lost, - this is borderline cliche, and as the poem ends with the suggestion of death, don't say wars lost, describe the battles instead of saying they happened. show us the struggle. Instead of a bullet full of vodka (which sounds like a tiny tiny amount of vodka) a vodka bullet.
      you loved so brittle in jagged pageturns, - show this. there are so many poems out there about an addict that just can't get clean and dies, make this even more personal (which is super hard and will probably not get done for a while.)
Lissomer Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014   Writer
I'm trying to figure out how you managed to format your comment like that o.o

THANK YOU so much for the advice. I'm really bad at revisions, and while I can see how useful your suggestions are, actually carrying them out is a different story entirely. I've edited the vodka part, and I'm working on the other bits (which will probably take a really long time).

Again, thank you.
Braxton-T-Rutledge Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Copy paste, no idea about formatting.

will respond to your note... Soonish?
CatharticDistraction Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014  Professional Writer
Wow. Some beautiful lines, here. I love 'tomorrow/stopped visiting'. The line break is so fitting. Brilliant, haunting piece.

Yep, definitely going to be browsing through your stuff.
Lissomer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014   Writer
Thank you so much :heart:

KenLit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
I definitely can  relate to this.
I have my higher power in use, not in the presence of some god, but life itself.
Well written Hug 
Lissomer Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014   Writer
:heart: :heart:
KenLit Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2014
shep4life Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow...gut wrenching :(  I know the battle with alcoholism is like a bullet 
Lissomer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2014   Writer
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