Like a gunshot that scatters a flock of birds,
your explosion of anger scatters my peace.
It’s like those big dark clouds start moving in
the moment you react to something I say.

and here we go again…

The negative charge threads through this room
static electricity makes my hair stand on end.
We’ve done this before, and before that once more…
Each time we reach the gentle plateau…we fall below.

and here we go again

I have a phone-book- thick list of all your triggers
I study them at night like a script I must avoid
But then the lights go on and we are center stage,
feeling pressured, I’ve been known to flub my lines.

and here we go again

Luckily for me this theater has been closed.
Years ago, I walked off in the middle of my scene…
No more 16+ dramas for language and violence
No more caught in a thunderstorm inside my own home.

Karima Hoisan
Dec. 30, 2021
Costa Rica

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21 Responses to Scatter

  1. daleinnis says:

    Very evocative imagery around what sounds like a difficult situation. I think a lot of us can relate, in one way or another… Thank you for this!

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  2. Such a profound and relatable poem! It’s time to stop being a part of their drama. Love this! Beautifully portrayed these emotions. ❤👏🏼💫

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  3. I have a phone-book- thick list of all your triggers


    This is, sadly, very relatable, and probably not only to me, Karima


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  4. Oh boy… me too David❤️

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  5. This is very beautifully written and very true Karima ❤️🌸🌺

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  6. Happy New Year to you my magical poetic friend…Here’s to health and creativity and days of slow orange sunsets.❤️


  7. KK says:

    So heart-touching and painful lines, Karima! I can feel it. But thank God, you came out, a better option for a forward looking person like you. All the best my friend, and a very happy new year to you🎉💐💖🙏

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    • Thanks so much Kaushal for your words of support…Oh yes. it’s behind me, but sometimes the memories creep back in…It only helps me to re-enforce the feeling, that leaving was the only solution…Happy New Year to you too…May it be a better one for us all..Inshallah🙏🤗❤️🎉🌟

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  8. Wow! I like how you scatter stanzas with the offsetting of here we go again. And then I love each full stanza 1,2 and 3. Each drip with so much depth. You know how to show through words. Brilliant work! All the best!

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    • Hey Ben…so glad you did! So funny the first stanza came out of nowhere one day..I wrote it down but nothing developed..Like three days later, boom the rest came all at once! I love when that happens Thank you for your great analysis too..Yes, it’s a fairly subtle piece, but you have always been able to read between my lines:) All the best to you too and a Happy New Year!!🙏🎉❤️


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