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Poetry: Healing

Out of the Sandbox

By Kayla Cantrell

Sticks and stones may break my bones

But words will never hurt me

Except yours

You folded me like origami

Molding me to whatever you liked


I was chained to the floors

Shackled to the ceilings

Yet I thought I could never live without you

Your words

Your words were my nightmares

They were never ending


I remember

The first fold you ever made

apparently it was a mistake

You crumbled me up

And tossed me away


I was the wall you leaned on

The road you skipped on

A piece of property you exposed

I was trapped in your shadows

With nothing but thoughts

Consumed with words of ridicule


Your words hit me like broken branches

Bruising every inch of my body

They never healed

Only forever memories

I still have a scar on my heart

Rendering any feeling I had left for you


The pain you caused

Forever imprinted on my skin

like Pinpricks of ink

telling a story

You said we’d be forever

But only the scars will stay with me


You said you loved me

But you only loved your words

It took years to unfold myself

And I’m still ironing out the wrinkle’s

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