Writing Wrongs

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Submitted by J.A. Carter-Winward

Poets walk around skinless. We don’t mean to, but
it’s the only way we can feel the breath of the world.

And when you hurt us—in any way—we won’t keep your
dirty little secret. We won’t spare you. We won’t even

protect you. But, we will redeem the ruin through
our words. It’s the only true redemption that awaits you.

The bruises and scars left behind become floods—tiny
magnum opi—eternal and beautiful. But make

no mistake: We don’t do it for you. We do it for those
who have neither the voice, nor courage, to

convert your sins into impenetrable
truths—words of armor that may

one day, after we are
long gone, protect

others from
devils

such as
you.


Photo Credit: Charles Courtney Curran – The Lanterns

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9 thoughts

  1. This resonates, especially the beginning,
    “Poets walk around skinless. We don’t mean to, but
    it’s the only way we can feel the breath of the world”
    Thank you for bringing it to my day. It was a lovely gift.

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