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Dogs 2018

SURREPTITIOUS SCARRING
(12/2/18)


"what
do you
know?"

he challenged

"you've
never
suffered!"

trying
to help someone
in internal agony
is difficult

especially when
by the look
of you
they feel
that you have
none

or have
ever had
any pain

I can
only tell them
that I surely
have

that
a solution
was given
to me

the same
as the one
that I'm giving
to them

I get
a shake
of their
heads

continued
expressions
of incredulity

I guess
that they
need someone
who is missing
an eye

an arm

or who has
a pronounced
diagonal wound
across
the face

maybe
that person
they would
believe

five arrests

hundreds
of thousands
of dollars
gone

countless
lost jobs

lost relationships

do not show
well
on surface skin

even though
I still feel
those internal
abrasions

each day

every day

as continual
aches

finally
I concede

limp
away

if only
in spirit

leaving him
to a more
worthy savior