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by Colleen Borst 5 months ago in sad poetry
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a poem

Photo by SUNBEAM PHOTOGRAPHY on Unsplash

I wanted to give you

this needle and thread

in hopes you could

stitch yourself back together.

Pass the needle

through your layers of skin,

find the edges of

your severed veins,

make tiny stitches,

and hope they hold.

Stick the needle under

your veins and cells,

under the grey matter

hiding in your skull

and into the memories,

faded and forgotten.

Sew the pieces together

until they make sense,

until the story is complete,

until the lockstitching is strong

and the holes patched.

Fold your memories,

methodically and carefully,

and store them safely

in the underlining of your own body.

Tuck them in deep,

where their sharp points

can no longer scratch.

Pull the thread tight

and will the canyons of

split epidermis to fuse

back into smooth landscapes

and not entredeux.

I wanted to give you

this needle and thread

in hopes you can

stitch yourself back together.

But you look at me,

let out an almost

inaudible sigh of

distrust and defeat,

and go back

to ripping seams.

sad poetry

About the author

Colleen Borst

As an artist and a writer, I love pulling strands of folklore into our current world, imagining what could be, and paying respect to the past.

Visit me at ColleenBorstConsulting.com or etsy.com/shop/ModernHexology

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  • Kendrick Baker3 months ago

    I loved this, so entrancing to read, and the ending was abrupt yet it fits so beautifully. We try to help people and sometimes it just seems like all they want to do is continue to sabotage themselves.

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