Rotten Tongue by Bogdan Dragos

A close up of a man sticking out his tongue and there are nails embedded in it
Image Source: Snappa

the big purple bird

with no eyes

and chipped beak

didn’t fly

It walked like a normal

person would. Almost like someone

was wearing it as a costume

but he knew

of course

that there was no one wearing the costume


was real

and it showed itself to him

on too many occasions. Every time

he was alone

and it was hard to not be


when you drove all people away from

your life

The bird got closer and

closer and

began talking to him and telling him

how his rotten tongue was


and that he would drive away everyone

to whom he spoke

He couldn’t take it anymore

and ran out of

the house

and towards the car

Oh, but the purple bird was

there already


Waiting on the passenger’s side

he began to scream

They found him the next morning

collapsed in a puddle of

blood that sprang from his mouth

Still alive

And at the hospital he was even happy

The medics talked to

him and he


When a man in a dark suit came in

followed by young boys and

girls, students, he said, “And would

this be the gentleman that

crushed his tongue by slamming

the car door on it because

he was seeing a giant bird?”

The patient pointed at his face




Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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25 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan lures the reader into the dark web of his words and leaves them with a feeling that is unshakeable. That big, purple bird might or might not be real, but apparently the gentleman in question is haunted by it. Loneliness and depression can make the mind play tricks on you but slamming a car door on one’s tongue will be felt for many days, weeks, and months. I simply nod, smile and say –
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. Thank you!
      I’m willing to bet that the bird is as unreal to us as Santa Claus. Yet, it was as real to him as Santa Claus to a four-year-old. Monsters and fantasy creatures are really parasitic in this way, you know? I mean, they can only exist if someone gives them free space in their head… Only, sometimes they don’t ask and just barge in and stay there… It then takes special help to evict them.

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      1. I understand what you’re saying……

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        1. Damn, I wish my girlfriend said that to me.

          Thanks! ٩(•౪•٩)三

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        2. Well I understand……

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  2. Good heavens……despite the nailed red tongue he has nice pearly teeth……

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    1. (。•̀ᴗ-)✧ He is the 1 out of 10 dentists who doesn’t recommend Colgate :))

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  3. Kirsten says:

    Oof! His tongue… poor guy. Haha, those hauntings always find their way to us if we let them.

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    1. ٩(๑・ิᴗ・ิ)۶ Oh, that’s well said. That’s why it is advised to befriend and use them, rather than run away and hide for the rest of one’s life. There are ways to befriend one’s demons. Successful artists know best :))

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  4. leave it to you… you nailed it… 😂

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    1. Haha, thanks! ٩( ᗒᗨᗕ )۶

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      1. 😂😂🙏 Of course!

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  5. Powerful imagery!

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    1. Oh, thank you! (⋆❛ ‿ ❛⋆)

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  6. That’s a scary image😂

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    1. The editor chose well, as usual ʘ‿ʘ

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      1. Birds that talk are dangerous. They tend to knock you out of consciousness and reality sometimes. Careful, man.

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        1. ( ๑‾◡‾́) That’s good advice!


        2. Your name sounds right out of a Dark Souls game, man. Cool.

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        3. Haha, thanks! It’s my real name (╹ᗜ╹)

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  7. jonicaggiano says:

    Wow this is a great story about a sad and lonely person. He just wanted attention. When they discussed the injury it literally hurt. Well told my friend. Great story. Sending you a bandage for that tongue. Big hugs, Joni 🤗🤗

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    1. Thanks!

      *bandage received*

      ( • ᴗ •)

      *now applying it*

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Oh that is the best one yet. I love it. I wouldn’t want to be counting cards while your were in charge of the floor. You are so clever Dragos. Hope you have an amazing day. I can’t wait to read your next story. Big hugs, Joni

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