Thursday, April 14, 2011

Tainted Love


Tainted love is stained love, a dirty jeans love, mucky
under nails and knees from garden dirt and worms
slippery, slickery things compost-heaped, grubs chewing love.

Tainted love is tinted love, a greyer pink love, edges purple
from necrosis, halitosis, the lack of osmosis, a hypoxia
of the heart hardened boundaries kind of love.

Tainted love is skinny love, skinned and thinned weak
broth love, fight veneered, resentment adhered, salty-teared
nicotine-laden cloud love, breathed in and cancerous.


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Inspired by National Poetry Writing Month and the 52-250 Flash a Year Challenge theme: tainted love.

12 comments:

  1. Love the rambling passion of this. Such force, vehemence even.

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  2. oooh, written with feeling. Me likey

    marc nash

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  3. It was great, really, really great... but now I have that old Tainted Love song from the 80s stuck in my brain.
    (Just went to find this video.. the lead singer is just scary looking. Your poem is infinitely better!)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBWrLhgiX74

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  4. this is really really pretty

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  5. Sounds sort of like an angry rock song I'd hear on the way back from the grocery. You branching out, Linda?

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  6. Love the imagery in this one - good job!

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  7. "dirty jeans love" sounds irresistible.

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  8. Linda, I LOVE this! I know I say that about everything you write, (can't help it), but you have truly outdone yourself with this one - so full of powerful emotion, just perfect!

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  9. Hi Linda,

    Love this word rap, joyous juxtapositions of words. Second stanza in particular is an absolute triumph. Terrific!

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  10. Hi Linda,

    Love this word rap, joyous juxtapositions of words. Second stanza in particular is an absolute triumph. Terrific!

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