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'You're infectious' I say,
'What.. like a disease?' she asks
her smile shifting to an accusatory glance,
'So I'm going to put you in a hospital,
just because we kissed
you'll need chemo.'

I have to say that at this point
she's looking pretty pissed off
caught up between the angry colour
of a crab shell before the boil,

or looking like she might soon
burst into tears,
calling me an insensitive dick and
running out to not return my calls
for a week.

'No,' I say fumbling for my words
I mean,
more like a cyst.'

She huffs, I see saliva
running scared out of her mouth
between the cracks in her teeth
and I know
I've gone and said the wrong thing

'You know what,' she says,
'I'd rather be cancer than a cyst,
at least then
I know that you would die for me.'

and there and then
I make a promise that I will die for her
even though I don't know
what that really means.
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Daily Deviation

Given 2013-08-09
~Broadcraig adds a level of humor and a layer of reality about Taking Things Literally ( Suggested by TwilightPoetess and Featured by Nichrysalis )
Words as stray bullets with collateral damages...

Broadcraig Oct 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a great comment!
...I like this poem, really I do (especially the last two stanzas!) - so I'm sorry to say this, but I have to. Cancer isn't infectious. I'd be willing to accept that the 'she' person in this poem doesn't know or doesn't care, but together with the title... it just makes me wince and severely detracts from my appreciation of the poem, because there's no way you can get from "infectious" to "cancer" by taking things literally. ^^;

I really do love the way this ends, though.
Karinta Aug 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Hah, both funny and poignant.
So he turns to her and says "Talking with you is like successfully playing a Devil May Cry game on the hardest setting - then having someone turn the console off before the save point."
TheGalleryOfEve Aug 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Congratulations on your well-deserved DD!!! :iconflyingheartsplz::iconlainloveplz::iconflyingheartsplz: :clap::clap::clap:
Broadcraig Aug 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you. I've been on this website for a long time and for the past five years have had very little recognition on here, so to log in to two hundred favourites today was an amazing ego boost. 
HatakeSage Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aha, I think a lot of women (And maybe some guys too) can relate to this. 
I understand what you meant, but I wouldnt say it myself. (too harsh hehe) but on my stressed days I'm sure I'd accidentally say something that silly as well. But I'd probably apologize after and hug them hehe.
brokengod--veins Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
'No,' I say fumbling for my words
I mean,
more like a cyst.' :rofl:

congrats on the DD! ^^
ShonaliKapoor Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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