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Man Down

Rohonda Isis 1974 (Cleveland)

I took his heart out of his chest-
I have made a mess of what was right,
blinded by what was in sight
I took a chance.
The ammunition was in my pocket.
It's always in my pocket.
I pulled it out,
loaded the gun,
and fired.
I have made a mess of what was right,
blinded by what's in sight,
I took a chance.
The first shot didn't do it.
The second one did.
It pierced the aorta,
it punctured my mind.
As his pulse began to weaken
I tried giving mouth to mouth
to resuscitate him,
bring him back to life;
but it was too late-
he flatlined.

About this poem

This poem was published in my book, "True Identity." It's about a woman who broke the heart of her first love unintentionally.

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Written on August 20, 2019

Submitted by rohondagrant on December 03, 2021

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Words 128
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Stanza Lengths 23

Rohonda Isis

Rohonda Isis is the proud mother of one and a fourteen year breast cancer survivor. She began writing poetry when she was twelve years old. She is currently working on her third book of poetry and first motivational book. Her future endeavors include a wellness center and clothing line. more…

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