“I’ll Melt”



Paired with a smirk

are the words “I’ll melt.”

What do they mean?

Where did they come from?

One of two places.

It must be.

Melt like the wicked witch of the west.

Melt like toxic fluid.

Melt like a burning candle.


It could be.

Melt like how the heart does for a loved one.

Melt like a lover’s drool.

Melt like a fool in love.

You’ll melt

and I’ll be sorry.

I’ll leave you there

in your puddle

like the wicked witch of the anti-east,

like a poisonous spill,

like over stressed wax.

But you were begging for some structure,

for some salvation,

like an overexcited heartbeat,

like an unhinged jaw,

like a fool in love.

“I’ll melt”

paired with a smirk,

but followed by a frown.

Alone and abandoned,

“I’ll melt.”



About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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