With A Sharpener?, poetry written by Andrea E. Lodge at Spillwords.com

With A Sharpener?

With A Sharpener?

written by: Andrea E. Lodge

 

So take your crayon to my face,
Crayon cannot be erased.
Take away that saggy eye,
He made me cry.
He made me cry.
Said he’d someday
Make me die.

I’m a million colors,
Some you’ll never see.
I wish you’d look at all
The colors that are inside me.

I’m beyond the paint flakes
In the hallway, on the floor,
I’m telling you I’m more.
I know it.
I’m more.

Trying to remember,
Where did I begin?
With the sharpness of pens,
Tearing my baby skin.
I needed it thicker,
Played that burning eraser game,
I grew a bit tougher,
But you can still see my veins.

I am a napkin
And I am the snow
I am an Aspirin
So colorless, I could glow.
So colorless, I am dull.

They scribbled me out with charcoal,
And they crossed out my existence with Sharpies,
Left my pages full of ragged holes,
Used them in bits and pieces for confetti at parties.

They never got to see me burst,
They knew my name once, but never wrote it,
I knew it from the very first,
I guess I never wanted to take note of it.

I’ve known some shady,
Who’ve never known my shades,
But over time,
All ink and paint fades.

Just let me come out,
Let the realness of this mess shine through,
Scrape away the crayon,
Paint me something other than blue.

Andrea E. Lodge

Andrea E. Lodge

Andrea E. Lodge resides in Philadelphia with her husband and two disabled cats; Budgie, with only three legs, no tail and who is constantly drooling, and Loki, AKA Poki, AKA, Pokapotamus (because he weighs 20 pounds), a Scottish fold with only one folded ear. She studied English/Secondary Education at Holy Family University and taught middle and high school Writing and Literature after graduating. She is now a full-time Writer and something resembling an artist. She has had several poems featured on Spillwords, two pieces included in an anthology by Havik, several poems and some prose in different issues of Alien Buddha Press’ Feminist Agenda, The Alien Buddha’s Block Party: Blackout Poetry, Alien Buddha’s Zine #12 and Alien Buddha’s Zine #21, her poem, Screaming at Tiffany’s, was in the 12th issue of Voice of Eve magazine. She has also had some work featured in Danse Macabre’s Entrée DM 123 and DM 125: Fete de Noel. She has also been featured in the Winter edition of Soul Lit’s online ‘zine, 2019. As of late, Andrea has written reviews for the books Evocare (Ayo Gutierrez, Eileen Tabios, Brian Cain Aene) and The Tears I Never Told You (JinQue RD). Andrea has also edited The Tears I Never Told You and Are You Ready? (Ayo Gutierrez, Gigi D. Sunga, Ph.D.) She has most recently had her poetry featured in the anthology, Scentsibility, a book of poetry related to the senses.
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