[ Threadbare ]

you’re the reason i lie awake at night
and wake up the next morning
with a damp pillow…

you’re the reason i have to stop and hold myself
for the ache in my chest
is too much…

you’re the reason i can’t listen to a love song
without falling into myself
and going numb…

you’re the reason i can’t think straight
without dropping into memories
and re-breaking my heart…

you’re the reason i am how i am today,
a little lost,
a little alone,
but
holding onto your last threads
praying you won’t cut them…
like you did before.

[ Threadbare ]

Fiona Christensen

Grahamstown, South Africa

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sometimes, your favourite teddy you love so dear starts to fray a little at the ears and its little limbs start slowly falling away from its belly. You look at it and you think, “oh no!” and you quickly grab the plasters and try to patch him up, hoping your shabby doctors job has done the trick… but the plasters lose their stick and you give up hope of ever having a whole teddy again…. it slowly loses its stuffing and gets more threadbare as the years go by, but you will still cling to its strength the fluff and smell give us during the long cold nights.

my heart is threadbear darling, don’t remove the plasters on my heart please

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