A Month of Poetry: One

by thereisnosurvivorsguide

One Body Cast

 

one

Is it a burden

or a privilege?

Either way we pay.  

 

two

The smell of perspiration

misted with toilet water,

bottled and sold.  

 

three

An opportunity for new perspectives,

the mind pretends to understand

what life is like trapped in a wheel chair.

But you, too,

will just walk away.  

 

four

Hands and private parts 

are exposed.  

Hands and private parts and a five year-old’s curiosity

are exposed. 

 

five

A breathing canvas of boredom,

graffiti replaces clothes.

 

six

Synthetic skin,

cold and hard.

An unnatural barrier,

separating the bond

between mother and child,

skin and air.   

 

seven

White Duct tape and tan mole skin

mending the yellowing mender 

that leaves scratches and bruises

and tortures you until you scream at night.  

 

eight

My arms around the body-

holding close what will soon heal.

 

nine

An image of you slipping in the bathroom,

your first experience with the splits,

but you do not get up,

is framed and displayed.

It begs interpretation,

demands explanation-  

 

ten

An ordinary fall.