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Battle Scars (A Poem)

June 1, 2017

Photo by Jordan Randall featuring Christine Wilson for Mad Sounds Magazine Issue 23


there is a war in my heart

where the battles leave my skin without a scratch

yet I always end up powerless

she tells me to keep fighting

like human courage

like warrior

but what is there to fight for

when you haven’t seen hope for months

hope used to hold my head in her lap

stroking my hair

letting me spill my secrets

she told me everything was going to be okay

I need her now more than ever

as I lay on the grit of my concrete

staring off into the stars


is this all I will ever be?


but then, I hear the sound of my voice again

and I do not abhor how jarring it sounds

I open my heart up

I give

I take

and like that,

the gunshots stop


“no,” she whispers, “you are everything you have ever wanted to be

and more.”

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