Words Like Acid

Words
Words tear at my covering skin and hide
Reveal the soft flesh
Bleeding

A hundred spear heads remain embedded
Visible shafts broken off and thrown away
Thick jacket over top

Stony face
Smile
Indulgence for the spearmen

Tiny red river to my ankle
Quickly wiped
Gone

Sight of love — like acid
From pitchers of strangers’ hearts pour
Words