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The Poetic Corner: July 31, 2017- “It’s Not Your Fault”

lights on

The night seems noiseless;

Only chirping crickets

And tires turning on the pavement.

Inaudible tears trapped

In the four-door SUV,

“Stop, please…”

lights off

lights on


Thud! Thud!

Stripped feet thump the rough road

Of the alley, enlightened by street lights,

Surrounded by the noiseless night,

Which is interrupted by a high-

Pitched shriek,


lights off

lights on


Bang! Bang!

Fists forcefully strike a door,

Looking back in the enlightened alley,

Surrounded by the noiseless night.

Spread hands smack the door,

Slap! Slap!

Fingers wrap around the knob,

Twisting, yanking,

Hopelessness rising,


lights off

lights on


Fists gripped tight by the wrist,

Bare feet, dragging through

The enlightened alley,

Surrounded by the noiseless night,

Heading for the four-door SUV,

With one door open.

The hopeless body is pulled up,

Fists still gripped,

“Please, I just wanna go home…”

Sobs become stronger,

As the space between them

disappears, groping.

Wrists released, upper arms are wrapped,

The hopeless body being forced inside the open door.

Spread hands becoming barriers,

“NO! NO! NO!”

One hand lets go of arm, and becomes a fist in the air,

Coming down, connecting with the crying face-

Barrier gets weak.

Again, the fury fist uplifts and comes down…

Barrier is broken.

lights off

lights on

Stinging eyes shudder open,

Staring at a grey ceiling of a strange,

Four-door Sudan.

An opening door clears

The confused eyes, bringing in the noisy

Outside, as the literal heaviness on

Top is lifted off.

Shaking, frightened,

The eyes get up and are

Blinded by the bright morning.

The monotone silence is

Filled with birds singing,

Cars speeding, honking,

Blue and red lights flashing,

A secure voice asks,

“Ma’am, do you know this man?”

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Hey there! I'm Dolores Contreras, but call me Lola! I am a senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), majoring in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and minoring in Sociology. This is my first semester writing for HerCampus and I'm super excited! It's not just a chance to get more involved on campus, but it's also creating this door of opportunities for life after college, ya' know? And what's best? Putting my writing to work! Yas! 
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