A Fresh Red Wound

A Fresh Red Wound was first published in Blackmail Press 31, MARGINILIZATION. issn1176-479


A Fresh Red Wound

In horror she watched
her drunken mother
tumble to her end
and in horror
she read
of her drunken father’s death
ten years institutionalised
and craving the honour
of being treated
as if someone cares for her,
that is her life

cast into the shadows of school
to be tolerated not taught
a bad one, an orphanage kid
drowning in a system
that refuses to acknowledge
her existence

slowly she sinks
into the claws of poverty
its talons wrapped around her throat
quenching her pain
with the spirits of addiction
until death shares her bed

she is an orphan
a fresh red wound
from an old Soviet scar.

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