Self-Portrait with Bruise


Self-Portrait with Bruise

Some damages announce, others conceal.
How else may we continue

despite our best
inattentions? And which treasure
do we truly hold

closer, the blood orange
or the blade
that parts its segments? At

thirty I would have chosen
one. At forty, the other. Now,
options spread like branches among the cedars.

Ruptured vessels reveal our lapses.



“Self-Portrait with Bruise” first appeared in Shadowtrain in August 2015.


14 thoughts on “Self-Portrait with Bruise

  1. I came by via Ivor’s site! He mentioned your site.
    I can relate to your words in your poem AND to the emotions in the words.
    Thank you for sharing this today! It is very meaningful to me! It reminds me that we all have outer and INNER bruises, scars, etc. I try to wear all of mine as a badge of honor…they say I’ve lived, loved, survived and thrived! πŸ™‚
    Carolyn πŸ™‚

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