lash

the world is too loud today
full of harsh noises
and brassy sharp edges
that catch at my clothes
nick at my skin
empty Band-Aid boxes
litter the counter
strewn among
blood-stained tissues
abandoned chocolate wrappers
my fight has abandoned me
and I crawl on my knees
low to the floor
belly protected
looking for a cozy nook
a safe cranny
to hide in
safe from life’s
cat o’ nine tails
harsh lash

© 2019 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

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