Stirring : A Literary Collection

Toni La Ree Bennett


Your smooth torso is punctuated
by six stab wounds and a vertical

scar from a surgical incision,
running from sternum to navel.

I poke my fingers methodically in your
six indentations, wishing I could display

my scars on the outside of my surviving
skin.  How does it feel to be entered, I ask?

You are the first man I have met
who can answer that question.

Are you afraid in the park after
dark?  You can tell me.

How does it feel to be
a victim?  You know.

Your six points of open yearning
are covered by unyielding scar tissue

and your body, mutilated, shines
defiantly like a battered suit of armor.

We have so much in common, you and I,
but we stop short of entering each other

too deeply, afraid of violating
already ravaged territory.

Toni La Ree Bennett
Location: Seattle, Washington
Publications: Fox Cry Review, Bogg, The Muse Strikes Back, Hawaii Pacific Review, Puerto del Sol, etc.
Other: She is publisher of Uccelli Press and editor of the new online quarterly, Branches.

Stirring : A Literary Collection

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