Old Wounds

At some stage, lovers share their scars.

They point, carefully,
at the old wounds
explaining the nature and origin:

here, the bicycle crash
when I was twelve,
there, your arm was burned.
This one, playing with my brothers
and that, was just some
surgery. They are visible vestiges

not only of events
but also who
we have been in our lives.

There, the motorcycle accident
because pain and anger tried to
defy reason.
Here, the cut
when loneliness prevailed;
That one, impatience. This one,
grief.

And the injuries that
do not show? Old hurts that
made deep 
impressions, fears sliced
into our bellies,
and sadness in our hearts 
that was poorly
stitched and left an angry mark?

What of these unseen scars
in the grain of our souls?

We show and tell
in a ritual of comparisons
as if to 
ask, “See here, I am marked.
Can you still love me?”
As if to say,
“I have been wounded
enough, now
let us be gentle.”

About Martha Phelps Studio ~ creative on purpose

...a meandering journal of a changing life and the unexpected graces it brings. Earlier posts may provide some history, but this series of writings aren't likely to follow a straight line as I explore topics such as raising kids, making choices, self discovery, the impact of change on a family and how to (hopefully) live with balance and purpose. www.marthaphelps.com
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