Slow Bleed

A poem

Ann Marie Steele
The Interstitial

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The Heart — Edvard Munch, public domain photo

a knife need not be sharp to cut—
likewise, cuts need not pierce
deep to wound, I know this

take for instance a butter knife —
although not initially lethal
a soft cut can still expertly
chisel its way into the skin
bits and pieces at a time —

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Ann Marie Steele
The Interstitial

I write about love and loss, what I observe and experience — I write about hope. My writing has been described as resiliently defiant.