What We’re Told Not To Talk About – Christine E. Ray

A stunning piece from Christine Ray

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what we are told black and white

My apologies for anyone who is stunned or dismayed by this piece.  I generally only share my most gentle writing on Go Dog Go, but life is not always gentle, is it?

we liked you better
when you were a girl
with your mouth muzzled shut
by strong adult hands
seen but not heard
on your scabbed bony knees
easily rendered
docile
compliant

we liked you better
when you were young
held the shared secrets close
carried the blame
our blame
as if it were your own
eyes cast down
head hung in shame
feeling unclean
unheard
defeated

we liked you better
before something within you
started to wake
to stir
and you began clearing the debris
painstakingly from your throat
with bare hands, knuckles bloody
looking up from the floor
to meet our gaze
simmering with mute rage
challenging our authority
our integrity

we liked you better
before you…

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Poetry published in the America Emerging Poets Series New Jersey Edition by Z Publishing

I'm thrilled to see my poetry published in the America Best Emerging Poets Series -New Jersey by Z Publishing. The book not only features my poem but also opens with a quote from my poem. Thoughts, Reflections, and Streams of Consciousness What do you do with the wound that is healed? Do you count along … Continue reading Poetry published in the America Emerging Poets Series New Jersey Edition by Z Publishing

Centre Stage

Megha's World

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We are at the center stage
hounded and cheered by the million hungry eyes
ready and pumped to get
a piece of the entertainment
of their life
to get that taste of the bloodied reality
and voyeuristic truth
we have been gulping down our throats
through all this life

We are at the center stage
burned and scalded by the spotlight
where every happiness is put at stake and
the eyes have been blinded
fake and empty
desires
seeded in our bleared eyes
blinded for centuries

We are at the center stage
ready to be judged for every mortal sin
we have committed in this lifetime
and will be cheered by many
when the
grim reaper takes our soul
and begins that sacrilege

We are at the center stage
Let the games begin
Let me win or lose
Let me play my stakes.

Photo by Scott Umstattd on Unsplash

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Poetry published in Visual Verse Vol 06 Chapter 10-“Pigs Fly”

So happy to have my poem featured in yet another monthly publication of this London/Berlin Based online anthology Visual Verse. This month visual prompt was a unique one and gave a lot of fodder for my creativity. Do check out my poem "Pgs fly" here. Please share your thoughts about this in the comment section … Continue reading Poetry published in Visual Verse Vol 06 Chapter 10-“Pigs Fly”