Three little words

Three little words
echo in my head
Three little words
define my every step
Three little words
hard to ignore
Three little words
cut through my core
Three little words
monitor my moves
Three little words
of continuous abuse
Three little words
during work and play
Three little words –
the cause of disarray


What could they be
these three little words?
Powerful to me
yet, quite absurd
Not good enough’ –
this phrase on repeat
triggered since childhood
leaving me beat

© Sanch V @ Sanch Writes (27 May 2020)

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  • Nate
    29 May 2020 at 7:45 am

    You got a good cadence going throughout the poem, Sanch, and your point about not being good enough affecting the narrator’s self-worth at a fundamental level is expressed in the ABC-reciting rhyme scheme.

  • Amy (TheMissRed)
    29 May 2020 at 11:06 am

    Your use of repetition created a flow and rhythm that made it a joy to read despite the content. I also appreciate the presentation of it. I felt that the separation of the stanzas has a strong impact on the overall meaning.

  • Katie E
    29 May 2020 at 11:09 pm

    You use repetition well here, I find. It drives the idea home that these words, whatever they are, are constantly there, being hammered in over and over again. I also liked the way you separated the stanzas when you changed the rhythm. I was kind of expecting the three words (“Not good enough”) to be revealed at the very end or at the beginning of that stanza. Not sure why.
    You are enough, Sanch! Keep at it!

    • Sanch @ Sanch Writes
      31 May 2020 at 10:03 pm

      Yeah I’ll admit I was hoping to somehow have the three words as the final line but it just wouldn’t work. I might keep trying and see if it’s possible. Thanks for the constructive feedback!
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