i want to take off my skin,

. and memories,

and fears

. and sin.


. and all the things

that i should leave behind,

but won’t.


and dive into the water

. where peace

is silent and deep.


but i don’t.


and i wonder how much regret


. and

how long it will take

before i can no longer carry it.





© Liezel Graham 2019.



Photograph by Peter Fazekas.

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