You Are a Fading Bruise Empire by David L O’Nan

You Are a Fading Bruise Empire

You are a fading bruise empire.
Fading slowly,
You were once a hematoma,
resting in the subcutaneous tissue -
Skin blinded into disease.
Love is bound by control.

Words that hurt, 
that burn the heart like a cattle prod.

She was made to love you, 
and all she gave you were the insults,
lesions covering the beauty of your mind.

Social hidings,
The mysteries of trusting
You had guilt, shame, ghosts of self -
that formed like an empire across your starving heart.

One kiss from the sin of black magic
Leading from one control in one hand 
to switch to the mastermind and their constraint.

Casting the rainbow of colours over your lost hope.
You peek into your reflection,
in those waters that you were always frightened by.

Instead of seeing the glass floating in dark shadows,
leaving the stamp of tension.
You now own the freedom of bleeding, tears,
the emotions of being human.

Monsters fade back to stems

Oh, to see a fading of corruptive bruises...

Such a beautiful, natural high to breathe the oxygen -
of your own reborn Empire.
And support is there in the crystals of light,
that never could blandish in the cult of bruising.


poem has previously been published in Rhythm & Bone Press offshoot Dark Marrow  

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