Poetry

All works by Emily Holyoak, 2020


PEOPLE

Anyone can hurt.

Because People.

Communication is key.

Dead People.

Everyone weeps.

Fake People.

Gratitude is central.

Hate People.

Innovation is thrilling.

Junk People.

Kill with kindness.

Leave People.

Make someone’s day today.

Never People.

Opportunities lie ahead.

Poor People.

Question born beliefs.

Racist People.

Say something lovely.

Touch People.

Undo the hurt.

Victimize People.

Whatever the heart wants.

X People.

Yell off of a mountaintop.

Zealous People.


WALL BETWEEN US

Fleabag confessing

the sins that she’s ever committed, even the past 60 seconds

Hot Priest, drunk like a heathen

listening with intent, increasingly interesting

The tears begin to flow, regret begins to show

Silence as piercing as a scream

She kneels

the floor marking up her shins

He draws the velvet line

the forbidden desire climbs with the devil’s temperature

temptation so sweet, so taboo

attraction to God’s light

carnal sin, thrust upon them

moonlight cracks through glass

caught in a twist, Hot Priest desists

Don’t ever visit the church again.


BEYOND THE YELLOW BRICK BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY

In the dark corners of society where nobody looks, Elton John and Freddie Mercury have teamed up as crime-fighting, fabulous detectives. Using their pianos of justice, they fly on rainbows in drag and ascend in a cloud of hairspray and feather boas. Their secret den is underneath Buckingham Palace, where they eavesdrop on their royal highnesses and plot their lascivious parties when they’re off the clock.

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