Trauma Letters Online Anthology: Poem “Embroidery” by Vanessa Maderer

brown paper and black pen

(c) Joanna Kosinska (Unsplash)


Bruises embroider
Fragile fabric, like
Little lilac flowers dotted with 
Violets too, smelling sweet like 
Violence too. I feel as if 
Your needlework favors 
More floral flavours because 
Their fresh scent masks so nicely
That fragrance of spilled 
Ink blots staining canvas skin; but 
A rose 
By any other name 
Would still have thorns 
With which you sew your name 
Into me, through
The means of rose-coloured 

Twitter @madererv
Look for Vanessa's debut chapbook "Cusp of Dusk"
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