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thumb_IMG_4602_1024Anyone who has ever experienced a physical, emotional, or mental wearing down–a sort of spiritual Indian rug burn, if you will–will know the feeling I’m describing in this poem. But I’m not talking about superficial wounds, really. This poem is about the intangible ones that erode into us, harsh and unyielding, leaving a mark.


scrape, scrape down
through the grain,
through the meat,
I feel the rub

faster and faster
grinding all away,
rough, thick, gritty,
a red heat rises

blossoming, burning,
trail blazing deeper,
leaving only a dry
dust in it’s wake

how far down below
can it corrode? where,
when will it end,
fresh scars blooming?

or, after the gray dust
settles, blows away,
will there be, instead,
nothing left of me?

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Jacqlyn Thorne

I've never really liked labels: I am this, I am that... But in the interest of introducing myself to the world, I can say that I am many things: nurse, writer, photographer, poet, painter, gardener, friend, armchair philosopher, counselor, nature lover, real-estate aficionado, movie buff, sometime yogi, and aspiring world-traveler. I think that's a pretty good list... for now. I want to become a bigger part of the vital, creative force I feel deeply at work in the world and connect with other people who want to do the same.

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