Red Bracelets

By Quietus

I often think of the things that I miss,
The little red bracelets that would cover my wrists.
I don't wear them anymore because I’m afraid of who might see
But I still think of those marks, like crimson branches of a tree.

It's been quite a few years since I’ve made them appear,
But I’ve got rules for myself now and I must adhere.
Still, I wonder what it would be like to dig too deep when I shave,
I’m a grown-up now, though, and I need to behave.

When terrible things happen, it's still the first thing I think of,
convincing thoughts in my head, like the soft coos of a dove.
I could drag a blade across my wrist and watch as I form those scarlet beads,
But I cut those thoughts as they come, like they’re withering weeds.

As much as I miss them, those red bracelets are no good.
They might make me happy in the moment, but that feeling is driftwood.
Afterwards, I’ll feel ashamed and I won’t stand to look,
So instead of wearing those red bracelets, I’ll open up a good book.

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Copyright 2019 Quietus
Published on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.     Filed under: "Poetry"

Author's Note:

I was sitting in the bathroom after an altercation, when this came to mind. I felt 10x better after I wrote this. It's something i may always struggle with, but I'm proud of how far I've come. Anyone can recover, so keep hope.
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  • MatthewAdamsPoetry On Thursday, March 14, 2019, MatthewAdamsPoetry (61)By person wrote:

    Absolutely loved this piece. It is so very dark and painful, the honesty in these words is as powerful as the clear imagery. I salute the strength and transparency involved in writing and publishing this piece, and I look forward to anything more you share.

  • 10 Forty Three On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 10 Forty Three (759)By person wrote:

    This was very well written. Great flow and imagery. Very personal and very powerful poem. I look forward to reading more from you. - 10

  • Chelsey Elaine On Wednesday, March 13, 2019, Chelsey Elaine (90)By person wrote:

    Very well done :) Self harm is a hard thing to overcome so you should feel proud xox

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