Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Valley (08/10/06)
TITLE: Paper Flowers
By Purity Snowe
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Gouging my arms, shoulders, hips.
Your smell was like dank socks.
Your weight pressed, hard.
I closed terrified eyes
And kicked against your muscles
Rippling black and taught
Beneath the hairless chest
That once held me close
As I cried.
I’d fled from home.
You rekindled a longing.
My breath caught, jagged and forced
Burning the length of my throat.
Coughing up vomit, aspirated and vile.
You were slow, long.
Through blurred vision
I saw paper flowers crumble as
Spilling tears refracted flickering security bulbs
Behind the dumpster.
Cotton candy drifted innocently
Across a gumdrop moon
You tore my childhood.
A tortured groan echoed along walls
Stained with urine.
The sound, foreign, was my voice.
You wiped drool from your chin,
Flicking droplets into my face, mouth,
I blinked, trembling, cold.
You escaped into a valley of darkness.
Yet I found light.
Flesh bruised, bleeding.
Spirit whole, unscathed.
You never knew me.
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