Thursday, January 12, 2012

bone-deep (after the scarring)

bone-deep (after the scarring)

three psychiatrists, sixteen surgeons, and eighty-two operations

but they all agreed this was the only way
to erase her from the skeleton of him

surgery after surgery
this scraping away
of her from his bones

weeks turned into months
and months to years
erasing and healing

and in the end he found himself
disrobing and walking around
the apartment he filled with mirrors

watching the stitches crisscrossing
and conjuring this new him
absent her once tattooed in bone

then they all had to agree despite it all
there she remained
these hieroglyphs scarring his skin

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