Day 29: For today’s prompt, write a what nobody knows poem. It’s easy to write a poem about what everybody already knows, though it may be difficult to write an interesting poem about such things. Still, use today’s prompt to explore things people may not know–secret stories, locations, and so on.




Pretending reluctance, he takes hammer to marble

Chisels his truth of her into a glorious fiend

Then presents it to the audience, looking down

In a triumph of sorrow, a fait accompli


They gasp or sigh in horror or sympathy

Understanding at once his demons and pain

And longing instinctively to protect his poor soul

So perfect is his statue, his tragedy in stone


But deep inside the effigy she stands crumbling

Suffocating from cold distortion and deceit

Shattered solid by his brutal force of will

And aching only to belong again to her own skin


~ Liesl Dineen 2015

1 Comment

  1. lisa

    oh damn.


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