This is War by Isabel del Rio

in Poetry

One

flowers as hand-me-downs

love as plunder

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Two

the time you spoke up and lit the landscape

even in passing no one ever mentioned that you had some kind of chance

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Three

conflict is a sought-after trait first thing in the morning

despite the many years together you are still someone I met one day

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Four

ask yourself in plain English: are you ready to go to war

belonging to a splinter faction will also do the trick

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Five

most are held back by sayings such as: throwing caution to the wind

of course you have a score to settle, of course you missed the boat

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Six

my shadow was always more eloquent than I could ever be

dusk obliterates everything in its path without so much as a blink

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Seven

except for a shell or a shard, you will take nothing with you when you go

words mostly lose their fragrance once spoken

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Eight

being nice is a role you undertook against your better judgment

alchemy can happen at any moment in the middle of a sentence

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Nine

calling things by their name also means calling names

the silence of the aftershock happens on the hour

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Ten

that unrequited version of myself was very much lost in translation

dawn is not necessarily the start of anything at all

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