5 senses

by Nyarai Khepra

i feel like silence
like the aftermath
an aftertaste
of pain on a warm sunny day

i taste like tears
so bittersweet
sometimes bitter no sweet
like lemons with sugar
stressed out to the max
stretched until i crack

i sound like a hum
constant and comforting
but painful
like a moan
a beautiful stream of notes
i know you want to listen to me forever
cause i sound like hurt
and you like the pitiful
pretty i sound
pushing past pain
that wants to last forever

i look like joy
like a laugh
nostalgic memories in your past
just bones
smiles real long
i think you have only seen me smile
but it’s forced
a facial expression constructed for your pleasure
sorry my emotions don’t measure up


image credit : Vanderbilt University

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