Love Induced Wounds


and it’s like a heart

was carved

in two strokes

deep into the side of my arm

he never meant to harm

but I watched

as the blood rolled

across my skin

and pooled in my palm

until it turned dark

and flaked off in bits of brown

running water removed all

but the scar

I hid it

under jackets and sarcasm

and kak praat and laughs

I almost forgot it

and then boom

here you are

and I’m picking at it

nails digging into

healing tissue

scabs renew

and all I can really do

is hope you

know how to

address this

because my hospital plan

does not cover

love induced wounds.