Poem: Betrayal


Walking into a conspiracy of souls,

Their hunched backs to me with hushed voices—

A thousand hearts beat in my stomach

As I stop    dead     in    my     path

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The pulling and pitting,

Forever questioning how others can purr

So genuinely to another

Then scratch and claw until flesh lays open

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Twisted and brambles inside

Thorns underneath roses lay

Drawn by the smell can be tempting

To those naïve

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Wounds and scars dripping sap

From years of birds pulling bugs from within

But the bark continues to wrap around

Each hole and dent

 

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Wind slamming into skin

Lungs gasping at hope

Turning my body into sunlight

I return time and time again

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