This triptych poem was written for two prompts: Justice/Injustice at Totally Optional Prompts and Read Write Poem Prompt #49: Mission, Echolalia. This deals with a rather difficult subject (child abuse) so if you’d rather skip this one, I understand. If not, read on.



echoes throughout the space-time continuum ghostly, yet heavy
I’ll give you something to cry about echoes
from one end to this present point evil echolalia
infinity frozen forever looping
if then next
you just listen to acerbic words
my pain buried inside my heart
inside virgin soil(ed) sprouting resident evil
if it remains hidden then
I will become evil putrid blackness
personified next repeating
those cruel hands those cruel words that cruel belt
if I scar another child through echoes
repeated I’ll give them something to cry about
violence and love like oil and water
hatred instead mother and child
then mother minus child
I’ll be alone I cannot be echolalia
I cannot risk repetition
become echolalia in a child’s eyes
echolalia my womb forever empty
I sacrificed on the altar of silence I gave
myself something to cry about no chance
I will not become I will not become I will not become
echolalia echolalia echolalia

Written 10/20/08
© 2008 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

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About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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9 Responses to Echolalia

  1. poeticgrin says:

    Heavy stuff – haunting and moving. The three-peat of the lines “I will not become” is especially powerful.

  2. This is wonderfully executed. it is so hard to do the kind of poem which reads down as well as across and you’ve done a tryptych! Great work. Really.

  3. Love the way this goes together poetically. A powerful message with a very strong refain at the end!

  4. Stan Ski says:

    Works really well. Whichever way you read it, the haunting message sends it repeated hammer blows.

  5. thebirdsings says:

    Well done! I’m impressed. (I can’t imagine how long that must have taken.)

  6. The repetition of “I will not become” is so effective here.

  7. Annamari says:

    I like the form for sure, because you can also read it from left to right and down up…it is puzzling.

  8. nathan1313 says:

    An amazing form. I couldn’t imagine trying this. It must be so difficult. I really like the repetition of “be echolalia.”

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