Laying Hands

She’s raising her hand

She says, “Let’s say amen.”

Amen!

Reddening skin

She prays to her maker

No one inside the black room

But she

I

And this disaster

So let us say amen

Amen!

To gut punches and the broken arm

To the burn marks

And this praise from a mom

Say amen!

To the laughter of blood

To the Come here b*tch!

To the facade of love

Say amen

To the begging through busted teeth

For my head crashing into a wall

Say amen to the kick after my fall

Just say amen

Phoenix

© Keota D. Picou

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Broken Glass, Nails, and Blades

There are people young and old who do not have a home within their home. They’re living in glass and walking on eggshells. Some even have bruises inside and out. Don’t judge, just be happy as yourself.

Beside My Tree,

Owl