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What We’ve Lost | A Poem by James Diaz

The culling of scars
is all some of us have

proof of where we’ve been
and just how hard
it is to keep a head above water
when your whole life is an ocean

like a wild thing
that can’t find its gentleness
anymore

I turn to you
flame scented
and tattered
pointing at my heart

it’s what’s missing
that aches the most.

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