TAINTED LOVE by Linda Simoni-Wastila

Tainted love is stained love, a dirty jeans love, mucky
under nails and knees from garden dirt and worms
slippery, slickery things compost-heaped, grubs chewing love.

Tainted love is tinted love, a greyer pink love, edges purple
from necrosis, halitosis, the lack of osmosis, a hypoxia
of the heart hardened boundaries kind of love.

Tainted love is skinny love, skinned and thinned weak
broth love, fight veneered, resentment adhered, salty-teared
nicotine-laden cloud love, breathed in and cancerous.

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8 responses to “TAINTED LOVE by Linda Simoni-Wastila

  1. Wildly creative use of theme, Linda. I love your conceptions of love thrown out here like petals.

  2. len kuntz

    really liked the last paragraph, “broth love, fight veneered…”

  3. I loved how you used so many two dollar words in this!

  4. Deborah A. Upton

    You definitely described “tainted” love.

  5. Alexandra Pereira

    Creative and original! Really enjoyed reading your definition! Well done! :-)

  6. randalhoule

    love this, and there ain’t nothing tainted about that.

  7. Thank you all for reading my poem — I had fun with the language in this one. The reason I love poetry, I guess — no holds barred on those $2 words ;^)

    Will get around to reading everyone’s stories soon — the internet back up after a couple of days out. I drove down to NC with my kids for spring break just and arrived minutes before the tornado hit. We’re safe, but things like power got mucked up. Peace…

  8. Pingback: Week #48 – Tainted love | 52|250 A Year of Flash

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