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A Mirror's Cut

written by: choloepus

How deep do you have to cut
Before a nerve is hit?
Will the injury ever heal itself
Without covering it?

I thought I was careful
Not to let it bleed
Avoiding the stains on my shirt
Making sure the pain is not seen

But the wound was too deep
Made a long time ago
When I was too fragile
Unwilling to let go

And now a simple prick
Is all that it needs
To spill what I have inside
Not able to recede

And now the pain starts again
Throbbing with each pulse in my body
I've been here before
But not by my will, not by my wanting

I wish this gash in my heart
Would be given time to heal
But I seem destined to open it
By my thoughts and my deeds

So spill you old fool
And let the blood flow
For I won't pity myself
From this sorry blow

I'll slowly grab the tissue
And swaddle the cut
Let the blood coagulate
Make the throbbing stop

Accept what has happened
Let destiny be unveiled
For I am stronger than the glass
But wounded forever still


Mon, May 26, 2008 at 9:59AM

I really like this, well done.

Wed, May 28, 2008 at 11:47PM

In the beginning you don't want to show your pain, you hide it from anyone who may look your way. Then by the end your "Accepting what has happened" and letting it all spill out. Nice poetic arch, resolution, and realization of life.

Fri, Jun 6, 2008 at 5:46PM

I got chills! Great job!

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