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2pm Outsideleft's Big National Poetry Day: Rebecca Stanhope Rebecca Stanhope's poem is Take Your Hands Off Me

2pm Outsideleft's Big National Poetry Day: Rebecca Stanhope

Rebecca Stanhope's poem is Take Your Hands Off Me

by LamontPaul, Founder & Publisher
first published: October, 2021

approximate reading time: minutes

Rebecca Stanhope - Take Your Hands Off Me


I asked you to shatter me.
Yes. I did.
Gazing into the mirror
greeted by a stranger
cracked in two
and you, towering over me
Hand on neck,
Hand on waist,
Hand on...

I    believe You                or               do I           need help 
   don’t              disappoint me             I will           scare       You? 

       try        it                a              say no             k          please       

       first,            before You                  let me      go           hold             me 

     green          s          yellow      t            green          o            yellow        p 

 shatter me              shatter me                               shatter me 

But your dates were all wrong,
I broke; you forgot,
to pick up the pieces
I ate too much hate
choked back too many urges
let it all churn for far too long that it
beneath the skin of my neck.

I let you in
to the darkness of me
Trusted you.

It’s you I face in the mirror
whose cracked me in two
leaving me a stranger
to myself.


by Rebecca Stanhope


Something you should know:
Rebecca Stanhope is a writer with a passion for poetry, music and theatre. “I love to write poetry that comes from the heart and is often brutally honest.”


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4am: Jimmy Andrex - Festival of Brexit »»
5am: Brendan Hawthorne - We Are Here »»
6am: Ahmed Magare - We Cannot Walk Alone »»
7am: Emma Purshouse - Mermaid on the Number 3 »»
8am: Rue Collinge - That Year »»
9am: Deborah Alma - Mother of Pearl »»
10am: Steve Pottinger - Fatima »»
11am: Jay Lewis - Betrayal 1991 »»
12pm: Hollie McNish - Honestly »»
1pm: Emma Purshouse - Five Minutes on a Midland Train »»
2pm: Rebecca Stanhope - Take Your Hands Off Me »»
3pm: Michael Pederson - Here in a Glasgow Tenement - Not Asleep, Not Awake Either »»
4pm: Glyn Phillips - Doorways »»
5pm: PixieVic - Curious Choices »»
6pm Christian Present - Poeme »»
7pm John Robinson - My Reply To You »»
8pm David Benjamin Blower - 47 »»
9pm Emma Purshouse - Feeling Low? »»
10pm Steve Pottinger - Jam today: Mrs Veronica Blake’s manifesto for a brighter future »»
11pm Jay Lewis - The Starling 1976 »»

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