wine stains

i suck the lip in
and pinch the skin
with the tips of my teeth
then
pull the lip back
leaving bits of skin
in the mouth & the lips bloody
morsel by morsel
it comes off in strips
and bleeds into my mouth
pulling off the pieces
the unsaid words
stuck there,
that i cant bear to say.
words so precious
i must rip them off,
take them back
into myself
leaving little valleys
that for some reason
are more susceptible
to
wine stains
than the rest of my lips
leaving me these
little dark spots
of dark purple
drawing attention to,
or revealing,
my ripped-up lips
and reclaimed lost words
my too-frequent
wine drinking
and the stains
of all the words
i haven’t been able
to say.

wine stains

shaunajoy

Joined February 2008

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