accidental stains

Flip to page

five,

where there’s a streak of

blood

on the back side.

 

I say it was a

paper cut

because the word sounds

accidental

like it wasn’t intending

on slipping out from my

lips.

 

What I don’t say is that I

ran

my finger across the

parchment edges

a million times,

just waiting for the corners to

slice,

to let the blood

escape

from my skin-barred

jail cell.

 

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