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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sharp (03/07/13)

TITLE: Razor-Sharp
By Benjamin Graber
03/13/13


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The stripes on your wrist
Were not painted
By the knife you used,
But by the razor-sharp edge
Of a shard of glass.

The slivers that cut your skin
Are not the scattered remains
Of the broken vase,
But the razor-sharp petals
Of the once delicate rose
Crushed in the fall.

The trampled petals
Are not the begrimed remnants
Of a fragrant flower,
But the razor-sharp fragments
Of your broken heart.

What knife followed
Those stripes on your wrist,
Repainting and recreating
The portrait of your soul?

What shards carved
The stripes on your wrist,
Engraving the dirge
Your heart has murmured
In the ashes that remain?

What petals pierce your skin,
Portraying the beauty that once was,
Reminding you every day
Of the love you once embraced?

I will never understand the depths
Of the pain you bear.
I cannot paint over
The stripes on your wrist.
I cannot glue together
The broken vase
Or resurrect
Your crushed rose.

All I can do is pick up the petals,
One at a time,
And hope that my love
Can piece them back together.


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/14/13
I need to wipe away the tears. This piece really reached my heart. I have a feeling different people may take a different message from it, but for me it takes me back to the time when I used to cut myself and my husband tried so hard to understand and stop me. He has come a long way, as have I. Your message is so beautiful and gripping. Thank you for sharing it with me.I don't think I can ever express the impact your words have on me.
CD (Camille) Swanson 03/14/13
Wow! This gave me goosebumps.

I am at a loss for words to describe this prolific and profound piece that penetrated my soul.

Thank you for sharing.

God bless~
Ellen Carr 03/15/13
What a beautiful and extremely moving poem, masterfully written. Well done!
Bonnie Bowden03/15/13
This poem gave me goosebumps.
Beautiful and chilling.
Judith Gayle Smith03/20/13
I must echo Shann's comment, as my poor hubby must struggle to understand those moments of self-hatred and destruction. Through Jesus, this too has passed. Your reminder is painful, but necessary. I must thank Him daily for the release of this tragic part of my and others lives. Thank you.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 03/22/13
Congratulations on ranking 32 overall!
lynn gipson 06/20/13
The most beautiful love letter I have ever read. Your poetry is absolutely stunning. I can learn a lot from you.

Blessings, Lynn Gipson