By Krystal Norton
Stop and Listen
I stand alone behind the casket watching,
listening to the sobs of My loved ones.
Too Young is the words they cry. Too Young
is how they see Me. Me, a child born into
a world where depression is the latest trend.
No one took Me seriously. So, I died. Too
Young I took My own life. Too Young to be
forgotten like that.
Grassy lawns spread far and wide, the Harlequins
of society lay out. Jades adorn their necks, while
Light Green, Seaweed wrapped bikinis push forward
their plastic assets. Their lips drip Toxic Green
sludge that they sling at anyone unwilling to listen.
Their favorite targets are the girls with Scarlet
cheeks drenched in tears. It's not their fault they
can't afford to go to a normal clinic.
Men throw twenty five Forest green chips on
the poker tables. Their Brunswick bank accounts
growing, multiplying like Mint bunnies on Easter.
Behind closed doors they whisper sweet nothings
to the male intern with the Maroon tie. Being gay
isn't as sin unless it's a Sunday.
Parents dispose of their Moldy gold as if it's
nothing. Their sons crave the next Hulk Green car,
and their daughters need the latest and greatest
Ivy dress. The parents pay, yet when a man comes
to the door wearing a Red cross the Mold goes
away. They can only afford to help if it leads to
a tax deduction.
Down the street in a simple Brick apartment a little
girl plays with her dolls. She is unaware that her
parents are waiting for the leaves to fall from the
tree of prosperity. Old money doesn't share, and
new money is a stroke of luck. Her parents have
neither, so they watch the money Bleed out of
their Puce bank account.
Error: No Love Found
Don’t forget to love Me with every
inch of that fire that burns in Your soul.
I need You to love me like that, because
I hate myself with every molecule of the
sun. And, if no one loves Me, not even Me,
why do I exist?
Krystal Norton is an emerging Pansexual poet based out of the state of Texas. She spends her days working for a mortgage company and at night she write poetry. Her credits include Hashtag Queer: Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology Vol.2 and the 2018 Fall issues of Alt-Minds Literary Magazine.