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Melanie Conine

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Yorba Linda, CA, US

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to me alone

by

Melanie Conine

why am i so all alone?
no one can hear me,
no one will try.

they think that i'm just angry or crazy,
and all i can do is scream or cry.

i wish that they were right about it,
i wish that i was able to see

what's wrong with me, am i insane
or will they just have to learn to love me?


iron

by

Melanie Conine

i know i am lost.
i know i am torn and confused -
the tears flow,
unbidden
in thick, cool streams.
the gray creeps in
around my heart
like a foggy mist
with bony fingers -
raking across the
fleshy surface
picking at scars and
wrinkles,
making wounds old
and new
bleed like one.
so i bind up my heart
with iron restraints,
willing it not to
break.
i wait in pain and
silence
for the burning
to be gone -
for the metal to become
hard and cold
when i will feel
no more.