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Crushed Velvet


Un-soft wrinkles stick and snag
Poised at touch to dig and drag
Folds of crimson nettles cling
Skin tingling, tightens as ears ring


Follicles stripped bleeding, bare
Jolts to lapsing synapse flare

Leave no way to exit, save
Uprooting soil from one’s own grave



Fingernails graze chalk and bone
A tangible dissonant tone
Catch in teeth and dislodge jaw
Snap as final camel’s straw

©Kaylee Schuler

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