The Body Never Forgets - Poem by Kim Schilling
My body has learned by heart
What my eyes have long forgotten
Entrusted long ago with deadly visions
These entrenched dark and dangerous secrets
Guarded tightly by those faithful curators inside
Held in jagged pieces by little and big hands.
I feel them there beneath my deadened skin
They use my hollow eyes to peer at the world
Kicking and screaming they feel the pain
Absorbing it, gripping it for the coward in me
My body shakes and trembles for them
I cannot escape completely, as we are one.
Too big to be remembered for fear of consuming me
Too big to be forgotten for they won’t let me
Only in my dreams they haunt my tranquility
Moaning and weeping I see unrecognizable terror
Awakening to little ones crying and big ones irate
Fighting with myself I refuse to hear their messages.
The wall of resistance deadens their ghostly wails
Walking onward with ambivalence through the day
My skin crawls with remnants of yesterday’s pain
Desperate clawing at my skull reminds me again
Evil that escaped my youthful mind
Is evil the body never forgets.
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