“ON THE WALL” by Moriah M. Mylod

Smacked for my ever first drawing

A depiction of a Cephalopd on my bedroom wall

I shared the pale blue room with my twin

Cribs adjacent

A marker taken out of the grips of my clinging little finger tips

As my brother watched the beginning of my art career fail

 

PAINT OVER, PAINTED OVER ME

 

Locked mom out of the house as I colored the walls with oily red lipstick

And the porcelain blue and white lamp too

Bang, bang on the door

Bang, bang on the window

And “Watch me, mom- destroy the integrity of the walls”

My lipstick utensil taken out of the palm of my sweaty, but bigger hands

 

PAINT OVER, PAINTED OVER ME

 

In a hospital bed, hot

Face pressed up the cool bars of the frame

Trouble breathing, trouble sleeping, trouble eating

Sick 4 year old infantile

 

PAINT OVER, PAINTED OVER ME

 

Hamsters that bites and eat their kin

Tiny blood spatters inside the dirty glass tank

Belvidere Hotel, tasting Budweiser and watching Jaws with Dad

Throwing half eaten peaches down the toilet

Clogged

Waiting for the Plumber

Mom is cooking pre-made stuffed clam shells

Stubbed and skinned atop the big toe

Chasing Rollie Pollie bugs on the cracked hotel pavement

Just in the heat of summer’s end

We found ourselves in a Blue Cobalt and Fire Hydrant House

Chicken Pox and a stranger sleeping over telling me to get out of my mother’s room

 

PAINT OVER, PAINTED OVER ME

 

It’s night, in the doorway stands a Three Headed Sumo Wrestler

Then he is walking into my room

Lights still on

Hiding under Rainbow Purple Unicorn Cloud covers, keep me safe until tomorrow

He disappears & reappears

Stranger said, “You can’t paint the house in your pretty pink dress, honey.”

 

PAINT OVER, PAINTED OVER YOU

 

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Original painting on a wall by Moriah M. Mylod c. 2017