Compelling words intermingled with poetic rhythm can move one in a way that’s almost subliminal. Poetry can be magical, layered, inspiring, deep, and touching. Until it begins rationalising red flags. A stand-up piece titled I Am Not A Cool Girlfriend by Priya Malik on UnErase Poetry is getting called out for romanticising toxic behaviour.
A clip from the poetry, shared by Twitter user @desishawarmaa, has confused people.
Written in first-person, the poem is a declaration from an ‘uncool’ girlfriend about the extent of her love and care for her partner. The two-and-a-half minute-long poem details certain habits and demands that are coming across as obsessive to people. Like calling multiple times a day only to check up on the partner, expecting an instant response from them, and wanting to meet all of their past lovers.
Here’s how people on Twitter are reacting.
What do you think about the piece?