Can I Ask You a Question?

“In ‘The Tyger,’ Blake asks a question he can’t really answer. Begin a poem with an important question of your own that you can’t answer. Then, keep asking questions as a way to explore the topic and move the poem forward.”

-Kim Addonizio, “Ordinary Genius”



How did I get here?

Lying on the linoleum floor

Wishing for an end

Watching my attacker, lover, friend

Suck life from my veins

What am I feeling?

My body is numb.

My heart is numb.

My soul is numb.

Do I want this?

I know I asked for it

The cut that let warmth flow

Did I want his kiss?

A gift: My life borrowed and returned

A promise of more

Will it end?


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