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Rated: E · Poetry · Emotional · #1799023
Some people are so hard to help
You swallow sorrow
like knives slicing
down to your heart.

I want to gather you,
press the pieces together,
stanch the bleeding—

but I fear you like
a wounded animal.
Will you whimper or snarl,
snap or cower,
cringe at my touch?

I circle,
reach out,
offer my crumbs,

try to slip in
and shift the burden
sideways.









Contest/publish records:
Segullah, Fall/Winter 2012 issue, Vol. 10, p. 12 http://segullah.org/genre/poetry/sister/
2013 Mormon Lit Blitz finalist, http://mormonmidrashim.blogspot.com/2013/05/sister.html
See discussion here: http://mormonmidrashim.blogspot.com/2013/05/sister-discussion.html
Messages on the Water http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/merrijane
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