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Manifestation

I play cancer patient with makeup, tracing
the dark contours of my cheekbones and
the delicate butterfly skin under my eyes.
Cancer patients get respect, reverence. I get nothing
but tubes down my throat and in my arms, and I wonder why it is
that my illness is so less regarded when it fractures me
just the same. I draw the death
from beneath my skin and it rises to the surface until
my skin is ashen and grey as the sickness that resides
inside my organs. Suddenly I am sickened
by this manifestation of this thing
and I scrub and chafe and scour my face until my skin
is raw and red and yet the bruises remain under my eyes and
then I realize that the makeup is gone and this is my face

this is MY face

and try as I might I don’t think I can scrub away my skin.




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xkissofcrimsono This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
Feb. 2, 2012 at 9:17 pm:
Really powerful work. It reads to me like spoken-word; truly excellent.
 
CaseyLeigh This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. replied...
Feb. 3, 2012 at 2:46 am :
Thank you! It was mostly an internal monologue that I put into poetry form.
 
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