Melancholy Hyperbole

Poetry about longing.

How to Hide

for J.P.

Get out of bed and find the good
scissors. The yellow ones.
Go out to the porch.
Take down all of the wind-
chimes. Dismember them.
Go back inside. Open
the closets. Bring out
all the jackets and shoes.
Tie up every lace and string
until there are only perfect
bows. Put it all away
and pry open the pendulum
clock. Remove the weights.
They’ll make good bookends.
Go to the window. Let down
the blinds and then snip off
the extra cord. Do this in every room.
Consider buying darker curtains,
not because you no longer love
light, but because you never know
what will cast a swinging shadow.
Ellie WhiteEllie White holds a BA in English from The Ohio State University, and is an MFA candidate at Old Dominion University. Her poems have been published in FreezeRay Poetry and Wicked Banshee Press. Ellie currently lives among mermaids in Norfolk, Virginia.

Categories: Mental Health, Poetry, Themed

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1 reply

  1. Wonderful poem; lingering endings have so much impact when done well.

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