Elena Plotkin


Cutting Away At My Heart


This is your way of dealing with the world.
This is your way of getting heard.
This is your way of finding relief from emotional pain.
This is your way of stopping yourself from going insane.
But what you don’t get is that you’re not alone,
But what you don’t get is that you make others atone.
But what you don’t get is that it’s not just the surface of your skin.
But what you don’t get is that you’re cutting me from deep within.
But what you don’t get is that you’re just cutting away at my heart.
But what you don’t get is that you’re just making me fall apart.
If pandemonium and commotion is what you crave,
Then you are blood-thirstier than any knave.

(c) 2013 Copyright Elena Plotkin

Submitted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 29, 2013

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This is a response to those who feel the need to cut themselves

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  • Bri Edwards (1/6/2014 5:33:00 PM)

    elena, i had to check definition of atone before commenting intelligently... okay! i get it. yes, sometimes others have to clean up the messes others make.: ( or at least give an apology! too bad.
    i liked the change from getting to don't get.
    i'm glad i don't have such a sticky situation to put up with. not that i WOULD put up with it. but how best to handle it? ? ? ? i guess i'm lucky that my heart is hard enough to not be easily cut. thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (8/12/2013 10:24:00 PM)

    If pandemonium and commotion is what you crave,
    Then you are blood-thirstier than any knave.
    Very well said, a strong statement indeed.
    Thanks for the note. (Report) Reply

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