From Marisa Silva-Dunbar : Poetry Prompt for writing about people who’ve hurt you

  1. Make a list of all the things that made you crumple in (must be handwritten on a paper napkin).
  2. Pack all their things into a box to leave at their door, or the curb. You want everything of theirs gone. Make note of the belongings that caused the most strife in your relationship.
  3. Drink coffee while you stare out the window.
  4. Notice where you feel voids in your body. 
  5. Look for their “diamond” ::cough:: cubic zirconia earrings like they’re your own.
  6. Ask yourself: Do you feel hollow or is it a sense of unfamiliar peace?
  7.  Turn the soil over in your garden. Plant hollyhocks and lavender. 
  8. Stop searching for the earrings. They will appear or they won’t. And besides they’ve done everything they can to show you they don’t want them back. It was just a power play. 
  9. Make moon water; use it to wash the dishes that they never cleaned, remove muddy handprints from the wall.
  10. Remind yourself you are not a free babysitting service. 
  11. Remind yourself you are the main character of your own life, but they didn’t want you to see it. You were supposed to remain their devoted fan.
  12. Drink honeyed tea, while writing gratitude lists. 
  13. Sing in the shower again. Move with intention while you get ready for the day.
  14. Notice the friends who call and check in. The ones who make you laugh and listen.
  15. Breathe. You are free.

Bio: Marisa Silva-Dunbar’s work has been published in ArLiJo, Chanterelle’s Notebook, Pink Plastic House, Sledgehammer Lit, Analogies & Allegories Literary Magazine. She has work forthcoming in The Bitchin’ Kitsch. Her second chapbook, “When Goddesses Wake,” was released in December, 2021 from Maverick Duck Press. Her first full-length collection, “Allison,” was recently published by Querencia Press. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @thesweetmaris. To check out more of her work go to

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