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Poetry: Scars by Leslie Dianne


by Leslie Dianne

He said the first scar
on his right arm
near the wrist
was an accident
the one farther up
in the shape of a sickle
was a fight in the playground and
the one on his chest
in the shape of her name
is still knotted and forming
when it is done it will be a
braille poem
to their love.

I will lie next
to him and read
their story through
his skin and over time
my fingers will grow
strong and calloused
as i pull the pain from the scar
and when his skin is smooth
i will lay my head there
his heart beating goodbye
to old love and hello to the new

About the author

Leslie Dianne is a poet, novelist, screenwriter, playwright and performer whose work has been acclaimed internationally in places such as the Harrogate Fringe Festival in Great Britain, The International Arts Festival in Tuscany, Italy and at La Mama in New York City. Her stage plays have been produced in NYC at The American Theater of Actors, The Raw Space, The Puerto Rican Traveling Theater and The Lamb’s Theater.  She holds a BA in French Literature from CUNY and her poems have appeared in The Lake, Ghost City Review, The Literary Yard, About Place Journal and Kairos and are forthcoming in Hawai’i Review. Her poetry was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize. 

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