(to write love on her arms)


Scars are souvenirs you never lose. – GooGoo Dolls


Ask her about her wrists,
and she’ll tell you
she used
to mar(k) her skin
with sharp
to chase the dark
-ness, pierced her veins
to see the stains
as signs
of life.

Inquire after
her heart, and she’ll
say it’s seen a battle
or two, come out
the other side a
small crushed wad
of goo, still

These days, instead,
she etches
in ink.




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11 Responses to Wounds

  1. scars and pain are indelible.

  2. Kir Piccini says:

    Etching in ink…I wait for your sketches each day. The scars you share with us everyday.

  3. Olga says:

    I was reluctant to comment on this, but I will. My daughter use to etch on her arm and after a long journey has recently been following her goal to finish her education. I’m very proud her ability of overcome her past and see a future. I’m very happy that you are etching in ink!

    • whimsygizmo says:

      Olga, my heart goes out to your daughter, and I’m so glad she’s an overcomer. This poem is not autobiographical, but I have friends for whom it speaks. My scars have fallen a little differently over the years, but I do still express my need for answers, grace, solice with ink. 😉

    • whimsygizmo says:

      My son (14) also has a friend (female) who talks about cutting, often. We are keeping our eyes, ears and hearts open to her…as well as our prayers.

  4. I like this, deep yet a positive twist

  5. A beautiful and powerful poem about very real pain.

  6. Shawna says:

    Ink-wire after her heart and shell…I love that embedded layer. Makes me picture using a straightened hanger to poke with.

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