interpretive stigmata

spent so long
trying to be
different
to be better
than i was
but this leper
cannot change
his weeping wounds
always a photo
negative
representation
of what is
reflected back
from the clear
waters that only
show me
the parts that
will never
be right about
the aching fool
drowning in
three inches of water
unable to
lift myself
from these depths
downdowndown
a pencil sketch
awaiting
an eraser
an artist’s
interpretation
of stigmatic
ineffectiveness
painted with
shaking palsied hands
on an empty shell
that has
forgotten
the kiss of the sea.

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