Sisters by Susan Richardson

A close up of a woman's bloody lips which are shown to be sown shut
Image Source: Snappa

I am a slick pen

slicing furtively into bone

She is a kind heart

bleeding with purpose

onto a muslin sleeve

I am a ghost on the parchment

She is a splash of color

saturating the page

I command pity

She earns respect

I am words

lacerating sensibilities

She is music

sitting sweetly in the mouth

I am a split lip

She is an unscathed tongue

I am deceit

She is a white lie


Susan Richardson is the author of “Things My Mother Left Behind”, from Potter’s Grove Press, and also writes the blog, “Stories from the Edge of Blindness”. Her poems have appeared in The California Quarterly, Ink Sweat and Tears, and The Opiate Magazine, among others. 

You can read more of her work at FloweringInk Poetry and Blogger Susan Richardson and find her on Twitter @floweringink.

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13 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Susan’s poetry is slick and impressive. Not a word or thought is wasted in ifs or buts. Deceit and white lies are the perfect partners. One bleeds through the mouth while the other sheds crocodile tears. The artistic comparisons are hard-hitting and one can feel and visualize the aura and energies of the slice and dice of this writer’s words.
    Congratulations Susan!

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  2. What a carefully crafted, heart-piercing poem! No word is wasted at all indeed.

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    1. floweringink says:

      Thank you so much, Terveen. Your support means the world to me! It is an honour to be a part of MasticadoresIndia!

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      1. floweringink says:

        Thank you so much, Lamittan! All my best to you!

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  3. floweringink says:

    Reblogged this on Stories From the Edge of Blindness and commented:
    I am super excited to have one of my poems in the extraordinary MasticadoresIndia! Huge thanks to editor Terveen Gill, who is a talented and generous editor, writer and artist.

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  4. jonicaggiano says:

    I am so truly touched by this piece. It stings to read your words,

    “I am a ghost on the parchment
    She is a splash of color”

    It is such a beautiful way to describe deceit, lies, and the damage they birth. A betrayal that you describes with such gorgeous metaphors and descriptive phrases, that catch my breath. Beautiful writing, and I so look forward to reading more of your work. Many hugs, Joni

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  5. Congratulations, Susan and what a wonderful choice by Terveen! Susan’s own raw beauty bleeds through every poem of hers I read…

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    1. floweringink says:

      Thank you so much, Joni! I am so grateful for your care in reading and your lovely comments. All my best to you.

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      1. floweringink says:

        Oh, Thank you so much!!! You know I adore you and everything you write!!


      2. It’s always a pleasure, Susan!
        Take good care and all the best in this new year, Kim…

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  6. Great poem Susan.. no matter how you dice it.. lies don’t cute the mustard.
    Congratulations! 💖

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