These Wounds.

i am dangling my legs above the brook
my hand palm down in the grass
i watch my reflection move -
observe me lightly
then i see the pale pink
wrapped like sausage skins
around my toes

are these plasters waterproof
before i dip, swimming them
must i remove them?

i find i have stuck the stick
onto the open bloodied wound

it suckers, like a wild horse

coming off with the plastic
pain ensues

i put back down the plaster
grit my teeth

& hold my fingers to my foot

perhaps i should wait
until they naturally peel off?

kate © 

Published Selcouth Station 2017

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