kedim v: stray

you

girl

I see you,
shadow-skulking
when you’re scared of the dark

spine shrapnel-studded
bent and double bent

I see you,
head down, eyes up
oblique-glinting gaze
above tight-locked lips

hunch-shouldered
heavy-hearted
stone-still but feather-light

tiptoeing
on tenterhooks

I see you,
razor wire fingers
sharp-shackling your wrists
knuckles worry-white

where is your flock, sheepdog?
where is your pack, she-wolf?

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