Prose Poem: Love Sickness

When I wrote “Love Sickness,” I hadn’t even begun to contemplate a series like Elemental. Though it’s more than 2 years old, it didn’t take much to make it work for the series; a change of POV and a few edits and it seems to fit in nicely with what I have going on so far.

Only now it’s making me question my two section format and switching from prose poetry to traditional in the section. With the format I’ve chosen, I won’t be able to accurately demonstrate the non-linear nature of healing trauma. Such an undertaking has many stops and starts.

I have much to contemplate and a lot of work yet to do on the series. In the meantime, I hope you’re enjoying the freestanding poems. As always, I welcome feedback and comments!

Love Sickness

The sicker you became, the longer your hair grew—mythology in reverse. You grew plump, but pale, beached in weak rays on our denied marriage bed. This is how you looked as doe-eyed baby dreams sunk into sallow skinned soliloquies and endless self-pity; yours and mine. This is how you looked when love crept over the line. This is how I remember you now, when I think of the lover I hate, which is to say I love you still in my own tragic way.

by Michelle Beltano Curtis

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4 thoughts on “Prose Poem: Love Sickness

  1. I love that you state the non-linear nature of trauma (I don’t know about this not coming across in the format or not, but I’m sure you’ll figure it out to work as you see fit). That’s such a valuable and important point to acknowledge.

    Another impressive piece, Mykie. I think I especially like “doe-eyed baby dreams sunk into sallow skinned soliloquies and endless self-pity”, that’s a powerful and emotive visualisation. Very nicely done!x

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  2. Caz, your encouragement means the world to me. Thank you! That’s my favorite part, too. It’s really important to me that the series accurately reflects how messy the healing process is and also offers some hope and encouragement to others in a realistic and honest way. So much work to do, but I’m really enjoying it and learning more about myself all at once.

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  3. Wow! This is a wonderful piece. I’ll have to read your other series to see what you are talking about. I love the “mythology in reverse”. Keep writing, friend.

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  4. Katie, so sorry for my delay in responding. It really put a big smile on my face to see your excitement about this poem. Thanks so much for your input and support. You help keep me going and I can’t wait to get back to it! Xx


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