Why do you ask me?
 Isn't it obvious?
 Don’t you hear me crying?
 Don’t you see my pain?
 Don’t you listen to the words
 that spill from your mouth
 like a ferocious, raging torrent
 of festering, poisonous spew?
 What’s the matter with me?
 Are you out of your mind?
 You clearly do not have a degree
 in the bleeding obvious
 Because if you did you would know
 I am human, damn it
 When you strike
 with your sharp, stabbing words
 I hurt
 I bleed
 I cry
 But you do not stop
 this being human is not worth it any more

 Copyright © 2021 Christine Bolton - Poetry for Healing
 All Rights Reserved

 Kim from Writing In N. Norfolk is hosting D'Verse Poetics
 tonight and has prompted us with starting our poem with
 the following line:
 "This being human is ..."
 I'm afraid I broke the rule and ended my poem with the line
 instead.  I hope Kim will forgive me.

 Photo by Johnny Cohen on Unsplash

  38 comments for “Why?

  1. May 5, 2021 at 1:39 pm

    😲 wow dry tears
    I love love

    • Christine Bolton
      May 5, 2021 at 11:13 pm

      Thank you so much! I appreciate it so much ☺️

  2. March 18, 2021 at 10:18 pm

    Very relatable, thank you.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 27, 2021 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you ☺️

      • March 27, 2021 at 10:46 pm

        You’re welcome.

  3. March 18, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Powerful stuff. Sometimes being human isn’t worth it, but it’s all we’ve got. 🙂

    • Christine Bolton
      March 19, 2021 at 8:37 am

      Thank you. Yes, it is all we have in those situations. So very sad for many victims 😢

  4. March 18, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Powerful perspective Christine… well written.

  5. March 17, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    I hope it woke the spewer up. Somehow I doubt it, as they have a clear agenda of keeping the pressure on. I hope she walked away and found another definition of what it means to be human <3 I know it isn't where you are right now but for anyone reading in such a place, I hope you walk away and find a more caring path.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 11:38 pm

      Thank you Lisa. I know you understand. Yes if isn’t where ham now but I have been. I try to write from my heart and experience in the hope it resonates with others ❤️

      • March 18, 2021 at 12:51 am

        You’re welcome and I appreciate what you do <3

  6. Sherry Marr
    March 17, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Yes, once one leaves such abuse behind, life becomes the joyous adventure it i meant to be. I have been there, got the t-shirt. Dont need to wear it any more. Smiles.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 6:45 pm

      Yes indeed Sherry. I’m so happy you left an intolerable situation 🥰👍 Smiling with you!

  7. sanaarizvi
    March 17, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    This is incredibly raw and poignant, Christine! Sometimes it’s hard, yes.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 5:30 pm

      Yes, so true. Thanks Sanaa 🥰

  8. March 17, 2021 at 4:53 pm

    There are humans you don’t want to be human along.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 5:31 pm

      Yes exactly. I agree ☺️

  9. Beverly Crawford
    March 17, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    A painful read, Christine. I’m glad to see it is pulled from memory and not the present. If we can’t change a problem, we have to change the way we approach a problem….but that’s for another poem …

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 5:29 pm

      Yes Bev, indeed we do. Thanks for the inspiration for another ‘healing’ poem 🥰

  10. March 17, 2021 at 8:34 am

    You stood the prompt on its head, and in the process you blew my mind. Analytically on target…too bad the bullseye is so hopeless.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Thanks Ron. You’re so kind. Yep that darn bullseye keeps moving like the goal posts! 😦

  11. March 17, 2021 at 7:49 am

    This is so sad and speaks of an abusive relationship.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 8:35 am

      Thanks Ingrid ☺️I do try to cover all emotions in my poetry but I think I’ve been on the dark side lately. Time for some happy stuff ☺️💕

      • March 17, 2021 at 8:40 am

        Just go with what you feel!

  12. March 17, 2021 at 7:34 am

    Forgiven, Christine! You just turned your poem upside down! I like the way you build up to the prompt line, and the way the poem can pretty much be read the other way round if you remove the ‘But’ in the third to last line. I love the sarcasm in the lines:
    ‘You clearly do not have a degree
    in the bleeding obvious’.
    I imagine many of us feel this being human is not worth it any more at some time in our lives.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 8:31 am

      Thanks Kim! I was worried I had missed the prompt guidelines. My poem lacked metaphor, could have used a few more maybe 😕
      I always appreciate your kind feedback ☺️

    • March 17, 2021 at 1:36 pm

      I agree. And reading it the other way around still illustrates how thoughtless and insensitive people are capable of being.

      • Christine Bolton
        March 17, 2021 at 2:46 pm

        Thank you so much Ken ☺️

  13. March 17, 2021 at 6:20 am

    Christine – this, as you know, is a painful read – impressively crafted.

    I particularly love that you ENDED with the prompt. That really gives it an extra punch, I think!

    I hope you are okay.


    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 10:18 am

      Oh yes I’m fine. Thanks David. I pull a lot from old memories and experiences in the hope it resonates with others who are feeling the same ☺️

  14. March 17, 2021 at 4:27 am

    Creative take on the prompt!

  15. March 17, 2021 at 3:43 am

    Ouch – I hope this is mostly fictional

  16. March 17, 2021 at 12:58 am

    🙁 Sad and a bit shocking but a good write.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thank you so much ☺️

  17. March 17, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Oh so poignant Christine.

    • Christine Bolton
      March 17, 2021 at 10:22 am

      Thanks Sadje 🥰

      • March 17, 2021 at 11:15 am

        You’re welcome 😉

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