the light didn’t shine through her cracks | a poem

you tried to save me

by pretending that everything was all right


I heard the crevices crack in your heart


observed the smiles distorted by avalanches of swallowed suffering


you held me in love

but I could feel the tension in your body


how you scratched and peeled off your own skin

because you were too afraid

too deeply fragile

to avenge yourself


and women attacked themselves

to do s o m e t h i n g

Photo by Alexander Ant on

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