Branching like tributaries of the
living river; they show signs of a
life lived,
though, perhaps not in the
healthiest of ways.

Some through accident,
others by intent,
tissue sewn together concerns itself
only with the healing process; not
the harm.

Markers of a moment;
skin tearing,
release and loss.

We have a choice:
wear our scars like
the reminders they truly are,
deny ourselves in the lament for
a cleaner canvas.

by Erik Shinker