If your heart is broken,
Find another. Rummage
one half-price, leathery,
greaved (not aggrieved)
from a burlap man with
passable scar-texture. Throw
the old one to pit-wolves
as hungry as you. Leave
his body (and yours).
If the mirror is broken,
Blame your eyes. When
half your face, bisected down
your throat (collarbone) cracks
off hinges and takes the freckles
you liked (until he didn’t),
make sure to smash
the white holes trapped
inside the maggots.
If you can’t stop hurting,
Shave your skin. Find a new
suit, gaping at a fresh seam,
and try it on. Leave the hanger
swinging. Mold a new flesh
to fit the tubes (the fingers),
the corners (shoulders, hips),
and measure your new sizes. Lock
the closet and eat the key.
Stitch yourself closed.
Burnish your heart.
Wear new contacts.
Take down the mirror.
Say it’s “fixed.”
18 thoughts on “Plague Doctor”
I LOVE THIS POEM
*Deep, heartfelt gasp*
It’s a really great poem!
Elyan, can we do a collaboration together when you have time? 🙂
Thank you, and I would love to do that! I’ve had no Internet the past couple of days, so sorry for not responding quicker. What kind of collaboration would you like to do? (I’ve never actually done one before!)
No problem! 🙂 I faced the same problem a few days ago too <3
Thank you so much for joining in! I had my first collaboration just a few days ago too…
May I contact you through mail?
And if you don’t like email (like me) we can easily use the comment section… 🙂 I thought showcasing our magical world would be an interesting idea…
I could do either. My email for Phantasmagorium is ElyanWhite@aol.com, but comments work just as well. We could talk either here or in the comments on the “Phantasmagorium” page.
And that idea does sound interesting! In fact, it sounds marvelous, and like a lot of fun. Lord knows we both have magic to spare. I can’t wait to get started!
To be honest, I am a bit more comfortable with comments… ✨💕😃 Your Phantasmagorium seems a perfect place!
Perfect, indeed! Oh, this is exciting. Would we each make separate posts that went together, or just one we both wrote?
May I talk about it tomorrow? 😃 ✨
Actually tomorrow, I have an exam… I hope you aren’t disappointed… 😔😅
That’s completely fine! Contact me whenever you like, I’m usually active in bursts at the beginning and ending of my day. Best of luck on your exam!
Thank you so much 😃 I am really excited for tomorrow! 💕
Certainly! Take care.
Superb images in the minds eye are conjured up by this narrative.
That is a compliment indeed! Thanks for stopping in.
Ohhh …..It stabbed my heart …. over and over again …. in so many ways ….. how profoundly impactful ….