Lyric Fire: #NaPoWriMo 2012 – Day 27 of 30 Poems in 30 Days – Empty in the Middle

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NaPoWriMo 2012 – 30 Poems in 30 Days – Day 27

It’s Friday! Whoo hoo! What an amazing week it has been. I have read some amazing poetry and created some pieces I’m happy with as well. There are only a few more days left in the poetry challenge and what a ride! Again, I’m not sure where this post is going, but that is the joy of poetry. Let’s see where the lyrics take me today! Thanks for coming along on the journey. Your presence has been most appreciated! 

Empty in the Middle

Rose scented soap

Day old fish grease

Curdled milk in a baby’s bottle

A shrunken pizza littered with dried up anchovies


Her reality revolved around scents

And objects

A sniff could reveal what the day would bring

Chanel #5 lingering in the air

Meant long nights alone

Reading til 4 am to escape the loneliness

Cigarette smoke signaled a day in her room


A man was there

Huge, hulking, hairy

And new

Always new

Never any familiar eyes

Their backs were always big


Their hands were embedded with oil

Dirt and bodily fluids


Styrofoam containers filled with fried meat

Overflowing with southern sides

Mac and cheese

Collard greens


Chocolate cake and banana pudding


A treat

After the pounding


They said

You need energy

The fat and sugar

Soothed her

Balanced out the pain


Once slim with well placed curves

She now was robust

A full woman indeed

But empty in the middle

In the center

Where it counted


She was empty


For more delicious servings of poetry this month, please visit these bloggers as they are also participating in NaPoWriMo! 

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Apr 27, 2012 | Posted by in Blog, NaPoWriMo 2012, Tamstarz Poetry | 5 comments

Comments (5 Responses)

  1. Amazingly poignant with eye-catching imagery. You have done it again, my dear! Just beautiful!

  2. Thanks Martha. Someone was speaking to me when I wrote this. I hope whoever she is, that one day she will be fulfilled and healed. Have a blessed weekend!

  3. Pamela says:

    Wow, very visual! A journey to the hole in her middle.

  4. Andy says:

    My dear Tameka,
    My heart cries out after reading this. You have perfectly described the day to day life of so many unfortunate women. It’s in the imagery too, with those haunted eyes…even they look empty. Very well penned. Thanks you for sharing.

  5. Hi Pamela. Thanks! I love hearing that my pieces are visual. I’ve been working on that element in my writing lately. Cheers!
    Yes, Andy. Unfortunately a lot of young women have been harmed and it affects them later in life. I hope my poem can be a call to action for others to notice the signs. Thanks dear!

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