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Three Words - By: Ruby Liddy

those three words hollow out the room

two people staring at each other with

Existential doom

a Professional hate for this world

pitiful words chased down with a hasty


but this ecstasy is laced

it’s laced with death, guilt, and worst of all


these walls have been rebuilt too many times

these walls have heard these three words over

a dozen times

they beg for a new string of words

something that doesn’t hurt

something that doesn’t flirt with death

the door swings open

killing the mood

killing you too

ending the conversation before it even started

those three words linger in the air

waiting to be picked up

but once again there stuck in the dark

with no where to stay

picking apart my every move

those three words killed me

and they will kill you too

Please give a detailed explanation about the meaning and main idea of this poem.:

My poem is about powerful words and the effect they have on people. The three words can be anything, “I hate you”, “I love you”, “I need you” etc. The point is what we say has impact on other people and vice verser. Sometimes it’s hard to hear the truth and sometimes it’s even harder to hear it.

Please explain your writing and thought process regarding this poem.:

The way I write is the way I think, all over the place. I don’t write to convey a certain message, I write to get my words out. This poem was guided by the way I feel.

Why did you choose to write this poem?: I chose to write this poem after a conversation between me and my friend. He told me something that I had a hard time hearing and that inspired me to write this.

Do you have any tips or anything to share with the youth writers who may be reading this?: Just to write, as much a posible. Let go of trying to be good, just be yourself.

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