art by mauricio alejandro ramos
Diana Rosen is a journalist, author of 13 nonfiction books, and published writer of poems and flash fiction online at www.camrocpressreview.com, writerstribereview.com, www.verse-virtual, www.miriamswell.wordpress.com, among others; and, in print, in the anthologies: Kiss Me Goodnight, Stories and Poems by Women Who Were Girls When Their Mothers Died, Bold Ink, Those who can...teach, and in print journals: Rattle, PDQ, convolvulus, Lucidity, Lunch Hour Stories, (Finalist, VERY Short Story Contest), among others. She lives and works in Los Angeles. To comment, write firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Scar Between Our Bodies
grows crusty, mottled;
blood and pus and tissue. The salt
of tears does not clear infection,
nor reduce swelling, nor soften
the pain of those word daggers
that severed, inflicted,
sliced away who I was.
Finally, I gather my own daggers:
paper, pen, keyboard; write away
the scar into a pale reddish birthmark
Identifying my re-entry into the life,
the woman, that will be,