Paper Cut

One rainy afternoon, the sun shone bright
With no rainbows anywhere.
You muttered three words under your breath, and left
The door open, but the wind slammed it shut.

You could never decide between roses and sunflowers
So you always bought me both.
I could never understand why, because even
A yellow rose could never come close
To a flower that breathes on sunshine

You know I have been cut before
By knives and scissors and other-
Sharp items I have in my closet
But somehow none of them have hurt more-
Than blood drawn by a simple piece of paper.

Paper Cut is actually my first non-rhyming poem. Shocking, I know. It’s about a cheating indecisive husband and a wife that’s finally decided to go ahead with the divorce. Do let me know what you think about it.

32 Replies to “Paper Cut”

  1. Murtaza Pishori says: Reply

    I love it!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

    We want more poems from RuqKish!

    1. Thank you SO much! I do hope to write more soon!

  2. This touched my heart!!! Eagerly awaiting for your book๐Ÿ’•.

    1. THANK YOU! Book’s taking a while so instead I’ve thought of other ideas (Will let you know soon). Hope you’ll stick around and enjoy it.

  3. This is soooo good!โค

    1. Thaaank you Ummul!!

      1. Loved your poem! Amazing work๐Ÿ‘Œ

        1. Thank you so much!

  4. This bleeds soul.
    Eagerly awaiting more.

    1. Thank you so so much! Poetry had always been such a mysterious language, but I am slowly learning it now. The encouragement means the world.

      1. Itโ€™s a language that leaves one raw, exposed, vulnerable. It takes a certain amount of courage to bear oneโ€™s soul for interpretation. Whereas story writing you can mask yourself and change tones on whim, poetry has less words and more windows for your own voice to seep in. Itโ€™s what allows for more interpretation than, say, a passage from a novel. Itโ€™s also why itโ€™s more personal.

        For example, in this poem while your intention had been of a couple getting divorced, while reading it I could interpret the sting of betrayl felt when someone you thought had been a friend betrays you. Yellow is a colour that stands for friendship, and before you stated at the end what it was about, this is how I was perceiving it. When you said, many had tried to cut you with sharp things, but the cut of a paper stung the most, I could almost feel as if one stumbled upon an incriminating document or message that proved that this friend who you had always held as your Sun, was actually the burning sting in your finger. It might have not even been the worst thing anyone has done to you, people have stabbed you and cut you worse in the past- but this tiny cut, paper cut, this tiny betrayl seems to hurt the most.

        Thatโ€™s the beauty of poetry- you can speak volumes in the smallest words.

        Kudos for taking the first step, and I hope to follow you as you take more! For someone who claims not to have much experience, your first attempt is quite remarkable.

        Thank you for sharing.

        1. You just made me feel like a real poet and now all I wanna do is sit and play with metonymy and similes. Also it seems you have some experience with writing poetry, would love to see some of your work.

      2. Trisha Bisen says: Reply

        This is beautiful. Magical yet subtle. Loved it!

  5. Nice piece of work.

  6. Loved the compo of the poem.. it’s a non rhyming poem yet its relatable.. great ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿคฉ

    1. Thank you so much!!

  7. Oh my gosh! This was so beautiful. I honestly loved it.๐Ÿ˜ Looking forward to more.๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thank you so much Nabila!!

  8. It’s so deep. Beautifully written! Keep up the good work.

    1. Thank you so much!!

  9. You know, many free verse poems nowadays are very obscure for the sake of obscurity and are written because it’s ร  la mode, but this one in particular is a perfect example of what a free verse should be like. It took me three readings so grasp the poem as a whole because I loved reading the lines individually so muchh. It’s lovely, honestly, and very blunt in a striking way.

    1. This honestly means a lot, thank you so much!

  10. Superb!!!!! I loved this poem!!๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    1. Thank you ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. A simple but meaningful. I totally loved it. Not just this poem, but your other posts too. Keep writing. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you so much Vandana!

  12. Mohammed Indore Wala says: Reply

    This is really amazing poem that shows the effect of divorce on a couple. I love the way you connect things through your writing and the end just gives the poem a true meaning. Love from your brother Md Indore wala โค๏ธ

    1. Thank you so much Mohammed!

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