Stunted Cocoon Spinner

Heart-stenciled papercuts
tracing the outlines of everything I was
& never meant to be

shadow of a chased tail,
a tear sunburned into tarmac flesh

seashell sonogram
pressed firmly to my ear,
listening for corrosive discord

fingering mala beads with callous intent

feet mangled, dripping upon roads traveled;
stepping on stones smooth enough to skip
through see-through curtains

posing naked only in cold-sweat dreams

a butterfly in throat, stunted cocoon spinner;
a muffled mucus cry unable to be cleared

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