hold

hold me

before i wake up

before this numbness is gone

and i can feel again

hold me

so that these memories don’t come back

so that these bruises don’t reappear

like flowers blooming on my hips

the evidence of my nightmare

hold me

so that i am trapped in this dream

this numbness is my safe haven

all i want is to lie here

mid-way to death

before your hands force me to life again.

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freedom

a bird flits

through parachutes

and wings

and clouds of gray,

fly,

fly,

fly

until

an empty house

with broken windows

cuts,

drags,

and feathers suffocate.