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Her skin is like fresh paper,
frail, unwritten, white;
it whispers of a story
I might want to write

I find no flaws, no traces
upon this tempting skin;
the bruises have long faded
the scars lay now within

But as I trail my fingers
across the trembling shapes,
I can feel her haunted
by all her past mistakes

What manner of a story
could I possibly write
upon this wounded landscape
now seeking to take flight?

How could my clumsy affection
erase her hidden ghosts?
Tell me, how could I guide her
to pleasure's sunny coasts?

I'm powerless before them,
those scars she hides inside,
those lingering compulsions
to which she must abide

Her lips part in the silence,
her eyelids flutter still;
her body speaks of longing
and of dreams to fulfill

I gather, thus, my courage
-her eyes are now ablaze-
and I set out to love her,
her phantoms to erase

As I caress her figure,
her kisses as I steal,
I hope I can be good enough
for her, that she may heal.

Her skin is like fresh paper,
frail, unwritten, white;
and I know just the story
I shall try to write
A poem about dealing with the skeletons in a lover's closet. They are many poems out there about feeling depressed and haunted by violence of the past, but too few about the other side of this tragedy, about how one experiences loving such a damaged person.

Since I am a female, talking about loving females, I'm afraid this is a lesbian poem. The gender of the narrator is not explicitly stated, though, so if homosexuality bothers you, feel free to imagine the poet as male.

EDIT: Apparently no one can bother -reading- in dA. I can understand why. Staring at nice pictures is much faster/easier/more impressive. Still, makes me a little sad.
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forty-foursunsets Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2017  Student Writer
This is beautiful thank you for writing this
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TheNightsTerror Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I.. quite like this. Very beautifully written. I love how the narrator feels the sadness of the other, but at the same time doesn't think of running away. It just goes to testify that of the relationships which truly are healing; the ones where, despite past hurt, the two lovers can comfort each other and move past the sadness.

All the same, very well written.
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AzuraLura Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
My english isn't very well, but the things I understood are simply stunning and the message is clear. -I'm sorry if my comment makes no sense.
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mindless-ramblings Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely tempo...tempo? Maybe I meant pacing, anyway this is lovely, and it gave me shivers. The pain which is expressed in this is amazingly presented as well :)
And this is off-topic, but those boots in the picture = gorgeousness :D
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LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your nice words. And yes, I, too have a bit of a combat boot fetish...
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mindless-ramblings Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ha, who doesn't ;)
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EllirianaRei Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
amazing poem, I love it!!:love:
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LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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Sistheo Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
don't insult the gay sisterhood cuz part of it is smarter than you - viz, me. you should try the poem with enhances Catullus 63 in the Favourites of JackLeGrand - that's how to pack impact into poetry: or take lessons from Djuna Barnes if you want muff-diving excellence - still, I enjoyed the above, keep at it: kisses Sis XXX
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Moons-Tear Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
this is just to amazing for words.
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LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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Moons-Tear Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
your welcome.
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MissMellifluous Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oooh I love this. I had a very similar experience so I'm sorry if this is what you are going through. Seeing someone you love hurting so much just makes you feel useless, and I love the way this poem writes it. Great job.
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LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, truly. I'm glad I managed to express myself properly.
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MissMellifluous Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No trouble at all!
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Wild-Theory Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I enjoyed it :) it stays away from cliche rhymes and and whilst hitting familiar notes it avoids being samey and predictable. It has a good pacing and I like that the last verse is a repeat of the first in my head I read it slower the second time :)
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LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! In a sense, it does "wink" at all those cliche self-tortured poems, since it is meant to somehow mirror them, provide a different, external point of view on that same feeling of pain/loss. I appreciate that you took the time to read this, in dA literature tends to get largely overlooked. :)
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Wild-Theory Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
your very welcome :) Unfortunately you are correct any kind of written artform gets very little recognition on DA its a shame but like you said it requires alot less work on the part of the veiwer to veiw a thumbnail or scan a picture then to sit and read something, I must admit im normally guilty of this aswell however I'm familiar with your writing (fan fics and the journals I've read) so I know your work to be of a really high quality :)I do dabble in the poems/short stories of others when I get the chance but I'm never really taken with them, this however was very enjoyable :D
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LydiaKitten Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually write a _lot_ of stuff other than my fanservicing pieces, most of which I don't post, simply because I don't see the point, for the exact reasons you state. If it ain't fanfic, no one is going to care, so... :)Thanks again, though.
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Wild-Theory Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's funny I find that words paint a better picture then many artists will ever capture with a brush tis a shame its a less seen skill, I'm the same I have never posted any of my written stuff on here, its rarely worth the effort, Your very welcome :)
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