Poetry|Love, Skin & Bleach

These three poems are written by Tahys Rodriguez. Tahys is a theatre maker and poet based in Brighton. She aims to create work that people can relate to, as words and storytelling are the most human experience.


Our love only exists in the gap between sunset and sunrise

When everyone is too busy to notice or to pay attention

Just us in these early hours

This playground of a city to ourselves

A love that is only allowed to breathe by the light of streetlamps and starlight


I made a home in this body

A second skin I grew

Moulded by you

That I learnt to inhabit

Slowly it started to peel away

I claw away the remains of you

Sinking my nails in

Scratching away

Until I’m left with a version of myself I hadn’t yet grown to hate

The version of myself that hadn’t learnt to love

And most importantly hadn’t loved you

The person untouched

Unscathed by you

I’m learning to love my true self

Learning every dent and crevice

Every scar and mark

Every untold secret

You broke me

But now I’m piecing myself back together

I am whole

The person I am meant to be

I wait patiently for the sun to warm through my cracks and broken pieces


Every time your name escapes my mouth

I choke

My lips start to burn and turn dry

So dry they could disintegrate into nothingness

Your name stains my mouth leaving a bitter residue

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  1. loved this!!


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