Flattery doesn’t please me. Platitudes won’t satisfy my greedy heart. Give me the full weight of your regard. Fill me up, make me bleed. If you won’t wield it, give me the knife.

This post was written in response to the Trifecta Writing Challenge weekly prompt:

You should write a creative response using the third definition of the given word. You must use the word in your response, and you must use it correctly. Your response should be exactly 33 words. This week’s word is:

SATISFY  (transitive verb)
1a : to carry out the terms of (as a contract) : discharge
b : to meet a financial obligation to
2: to make reparation to (an injured party) : indemnify
3a : to make happy : please  
 b : to gratify to the full : appease
4a : convince
b : to put an end to (doubt or uncertainty) : dispel
5a : to conform to (as specifications) : be adequate to (an end in view)

This was the penultimate Trifecta challenge, and I haven’t even begun to express how I feel about that. I’ve mentioned (here, even) that it was Cameron Garriepy (of Write On Edge, among other things) who spurred me into writing. Trifecta has been my anchor, and I am incredibly grateful for everything I have learned and everything I have been inspired to write for this community. Heartfelt thanks to Lisa, Joules, Laura, Draug and all the other editors for all of your energy. I hope your future plans include plenty of space for creativity.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for everything.


23 responses to “Bleed

  1. Wow. Passionately intense!

  2. This is intense, Christine! Lovely phrases in there: platitudes won’t satisfy my greedy heart.

  3. Fill me up, make me bleed. What an overflowing dichotomy of expression.

  4. This is sonfull and rich, Christine! “If you won’t wield it, give me the knife.” love it!

  5. Fantastic! The power in this one was gripping.

  6. Powerful and emotional. I can’t tell you my favorite part because each phrase I read was my favorite one. I wish I could write descriptions like you do 🙂

  7. Intense! Each word was striking- cutting!

  8. Powerful words! Very good!

  9. Go BIG or Go HOME!
    yes, the knife is better than half a heart or a half-hearted comment on the subject.
    Again, I sit in quiet awe.

  10. KymmInBarcelona

    BAM, motherfucker! Slash. drip drip drip.

  11. Savage satisfaction. Well done.

  12. What a way to ring out an era. The words seemed to pulse on my screen and I gave an involuntary little ‘oh!’ at the end.

  13. No platitudes here . . . I love the physicality, viscerality, sinew, and gut-level view of this prose. Reminds me a little of Stephen Crane’s ruminations on the heart [from The Black Riders and Other Lines]. Either way, outstanding work, Christine!

  14. SO well done, as always. This is, indeed, visceral.

  15. Ruby manchanda

    Powerful writing

  16. This is simply gorgeous writing!Loved ,” Give me the full weight of your regard. “And that last line just took my breath away-kudos!

  17. That is some bold writing. I love it!

  18. You’re a damn fine writer, Christine. Thank you for letting us in. And thank you for the kind words. xx

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