Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Delicate

When you put out a cigarette
it burns 
a perfectly round hole 
straight through the surface 
of whatever material it touches
Delicate paper is instant 
You are lucky 
if the whole sheet 
doesn’t burst into flames
Cloth takes more time
to sizzle through 
Skin takes even longer

No matter the time
No matter the material 
No matter how you patch it
The hole 
The scar 
The stitches
The pucker
The burn
The memory 
remains

Trust 
is the most delicate 
handmade 
paper

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