Like parchment upon which your lips wrote with indelible ink...

Draw me a picture
of what drew me
to you
and you to me
Tell me why
you left me
writing bad poetry
scrawled furtively
across the back of my hand,
your memory
painting desire
like an indelible ink
onto my lips,
across the bones of my hips…
My heart
like an old house
haunted by your
lingering ghost
weaving whispered farewells
like kisses
along the line of my jaw
down the curve of my neck
until finally,
I turned my head
only to encounter
the empty air


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Poem for Eric – an exorcism of sorts. RIP, with love…


  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    The last line just seems to echo off into the emptiness- haunting and painful at the same time. Amazing work as always Selkie xx

  • E, if i had half the talent you possess at your age in my little pinkie-toe, i’d be happy. Coming from someone who is so clearly in touch with the Muse, i am so pleased. Age means nothing, my girl. You are blessed. And maybe i am too – but you found it earlier than i ever did. This was painful to write, but i must say that reading the words of poets such as yourself has been inspiring. I have been grieving/writing about this man for some time; but never considered putting into public view till i came to RB, and met brave souls like yourself.
    Guess what i’m trying to say is, your bravery, along with Julialala and and Cass, at such a young age inspired me to – finally – do Eric’s memory some justice. And find a bit of peace and love in the process :).

    You ever stop writing, i’ll come after you personally. x0x00x

    – Selkie

  • bloodyactress
    bloodyactressover 5 years ago

    i agree with Erika!
    oh how i dearly missed your writing. im happy now. i needed to read something new from you:)
    great work as always.

  • What a lovely thing to read, Jessi. That anyone would “crave” my writing brings tears to my evil eyes :). When someone so young has the talent and inspiration in them to write as you do, it’s a joy to watch as you find your voice, and find inspiration in others. Love you, sweetpea. xoxoxo

    – Selkie

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 5 years ago

    Oh I wouldn’t mind you coming after me at all! haha! :D

    But what’s this you say? Me, brave?….Oh, I don’t really consider myself as brave and strong as you are…not even close,…or compared to all these people with incredibly painful stories. You my dear, have been an inspiration to me- you’re comfortable in your own skin, something I tend to struggle from time to time…but I have risen above this fear more and more. I don’t think I’ve come across many people who are straightforward and brutally honest in their self-expression and self-portraits as you are. I really do admire you Selkie, and to find that I have somehow inspired you, well you just have no idea how much that means to me.

    And I’m glad you found strength in doing Eric’s memory justice and found a way to heal the pain and grieving you’ve been doing. I’m so happy you found the support you needed here on RB, my friend. I’m grateful I know you. Love you. XXX

  • bloodyactress
    bloodyactressover 5 years ago

    my pleasure :)
    awww thank you soo much. im just glad im finding my voice around a group of very talented and supportive people like you. it just feels so good to finally share everything and not be criticised for it, and to actually be praised for it and understood.
    so thank you for being there, listening. :)
    love you too!

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