Branded

December 7, 2009
By Anonymous

You know that first layer?
doesn’t hurt
doesn’t sting
passes right through

the next layer?
it stings a bit
I won’t lie
it starts to penetrate

after that?
well, then, you’re…

at the point of pain,
but that’s also the point…


of release

it’s when your body takes the pain you’ve been holding

inside.
your body,

your hand,


It’s my left hand.
no one sees it,
even though it’s in plain site



the first time
I covered it up-

-with a bandaid.

but now,


it’s right there
and no one sees it…

that small H inscribed on my palm.

it doesn’t satisfy me to see the blood…
but it releases me…


… because no one else will…


The author's comments:
When I wrote this poem, I wanted to portray why some people hurt themselves. It doesn't mean they want to hurt themselves - but sometimes it helps to release emotional pain. My friend told me once how she had been addicted to cutting herself. She couldn't go for more than a day without doing so, in fact. She no longer cuts herself, thank God. However, she opened my eyes to the fact that that person we sometimes want to ignore is perhaps the person we should reach out to. Maybe you don't understand them, but trust me, it helps when they know someone cares enough to see them. I know it helped my friend to know people cared about her. It pulled her out of her pit of self-despair. Maybe if we took that extra minute to reach out to someone who seems alone, we can help people to relize that their pain will pass. People are there who care about them - who will try to release them - if they can.

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on Jan. 19 2010 at 2:33 pm
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This poem has great flow and insight.

I really enjoyed it.

Lovely poem darling =]

-Please check out the works that I have posted on here it would be highly appreciated and I think you would greatly enjoy them, Thankk youz-

XxIll tell you Im an orphan after you meet myy familyXx


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