you can’t just remove hurt from your skin like it never happened.
people are mobile tattoo machines and the marks they leave on us
are pretty easily seen like for example maybe his fingerprints aren’t
really burned on my skin but i still don’t feel clean whenever i
think of him and maybe the bones he broke healed long ago
but i still flinch when someone raises their voice and
maybe I’m technically whole but i still feel like
i’m missing my soul
people don’t get it, they don’t. unless you’re
covered in blood, they think you’re okay. unless
your story is raw enough, they dismiss your pain.
last night i thought i heard him laughing and
i almost passed out. four days ago someone was
wearing his cologne in the hallway and i
had to throw up. it doesn’t wash out. he’s still
in your hair, but people get tired of hearing you
mention it. he’s still under your sheets, but people
get used to how you don’t sleep. it doesn’t
wash out. you just get better at handling it.
my mother says time heals all wounds. it’s really
that you gain experience in dealing with the pain.
i don’t know if it ever goes away. you
just learn how to be strong despite it one day.
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