2010s · Poetry

Colors for Bruising

1. Swell: fluids rush in panic, raise the skin
like a flag, damage still unassessed

2. Purple: t-shirt logo wearing of pain, most
celebrity, most sympathy for self

3. Blue: first layer under, uglier, sign of longer
lasting mark

4. Green: usually on the edges only, ghost
sleeping under your skin

5. Brown: dead blood vessels dissolving,
novelty gone, even you don’t want to look

6. Orange: almost gone enough to be rubbed
off with spit and thumb, will it away

7. Yellow: untraceable outlines only faith
remembers, sing it a lullaby, let it go undreamt

First published in On the Grid Zine.


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