accidental stains

Flip to page


where there’s a streak of


on the back side.


I say it was a

paper cut

because the word sounds


like it wasn’t intending

on slipping out from my



What I don’t say is that I


my finger across the

parchment edges

a million times,

just waiting for the corners to


to let the blood


from my skin-barred

jail cell.



One thought on “accidental stains

  1. Constricted and confined within one’s own skin can be suffocating. Cutting is more common than we like to think it is and you deal with the subject of depression and the need for ‘relief’ so well in this piece.

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