Something in these tears

your cheeks sting from the poison 

you’ve been holding in 

the stories you tell yourself

are like sports medals

pushed to the drawer back

corroding in a tin


memories can distort the past

can corrupt today

remember memory is malleable

not a library gathering dust

you are not a man of steel

tears won’t make you rust


n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Ten prompt: Song + Contents of a drawer = poem. Song Rust by Echo and the Bunnymen. Drawer contents pictured.



CLP  10/04/2021


  1. Anonymous says:

    wonderfully evocative, effective imagery, poignant, beautifully written
    Gold Star!

    1. Thank you, I will stick it to my fridge door!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I looked at the prompt and could not see its value – your clearly did. Nice work

    1. Thank you, Anonymous. Its value was in the drawer, not the prompt, I feel. 🙏

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