Our skeleton remembers every blow.
Each trauma lines our teeth with fine dark rings
Our mother’s pain deep in our blood vein sings
Our skull holds knowledge that we cannot know
Yet feel deep rooted as a tooth that throbs
or wind that twists an air knife in our gut.
Throat razor slash turns to a paper cut.
Old memory returned in dreams that robs
us of our sleep. Forgotten when we wake
save for the pain that haunts us long past dawn
the slamming doors of ivory and horns
so hard they almost splinter. And this ache
persists. Cannot escape. Hurts us to blind
we cannot kiss it better, but be kind.