Something in a Word—Free Verse

Can you use a word to sooth a scar,

Squeeze it out onto your hand

Rub it on the tight red marks

Like lotion all over your skin?


Does it cool the itch after the sting

Of the initial application

The one that gets you yanking your hand back

With just the thought like there was something corrosive

In just the sight of the word?


Is the word your private prison of pop culture

Holding you in eclipse and fire

Like a sociopath keeping you in a well

Demanding you keep yourself well lubricated

For the day that it wears you like a dress?


The day that you fumble

With the lights out in the basement

And all you can hear is your own breathing

And the slight tickle of the word

Breathed on the back of your neck?


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