The Dead

I’ve been in a poetry mood lately and it’s been really nice. Whenever I have moments of creativity, whether I’m sitting at home, in the car on the way to work, or at my desk, whatever’s on my mind has been much more poetic.

I hope this is because I’m reading The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes because I really do feel more creative because of it. Poetry in general tends to do this to me, but this has been a great, experimental journey I never thought I’d be having.

Oh! I also have an Instagram account for this blog now. If any of you are interested in following it, my username is comeandgo_writing. It’s a little generic right now, but I’ll get the hang of it soon enough. Anyway, here’s what I managed to write up today at work:

The Dead

The dead walk the earth
with smiles on their stiffened
faces, muscles frozen
in place, jawlines sharp
enough to kill if they turn
their heads too quickly.
Don’t get too close; they’re
contagious and addicting.
All they do is sit still
and wait. They know
you’re next, you’re ready
to feel — or unfeel —
the same way as them.
The dead believe they’re
perfect from all angles, and
with every filter Instagram
and Snapchat offers:
bones and flesh replaced
with plastic. At least
they can say they recycle.
However, there’s no end
to the cycle of life and death;
the closer we look, the more
we realize the two are
actually merging together.


Books of the Month

If you’re interested in seeing what else I’m reading, check out my Books of the Month page on my blog. You’ll also see what I’m interested in reading and what’s next when I’m done with Langston Hughes.


If you’re interested in submitting your own work, see my submission guidelines for more details. Also be sure to see what other talented writers have submitted by clicking on the ‘Submitted Works’ tab on my blog.

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