A topiary of superficial wounds (a poem)

Managed to eke this one out between sneezes…

Drawn back the ragged hand
scratched by thorns
nails torn on jagged stones

Stained into fibres a studied melancholy
told in hoarse tones
jostling with gentle drones

Revealed beneath the excavated dirt
buried in layers
burned beyond recognition

Denatured the fragments once buried here
then a poison, now a vaccine

Is love safe to come home?

(25 June 2019)

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