Cracked Porcelain

Melody Chen

The only way she can look at herself in the mirror is if it’s shattered;

Then, she can entertain fantasies about the parts of her face that the cracks distort.

She lets others cut her into a billion pieces with a blade she’s more or less handed them;

Her arms were always too weak to defend, and giving was all her naive mind knew to do.

But when she’s alone, when she tries to fix herself by picking up the fragments, she cuts her palms with the shards,

And when she tries to sew the pieces together with a thread of her strung faith, she pricks her fingers with the needle;

Blood beads crawl down her wrists; a striking resemblance of luxurious red silk gloves.

She’s told the only way out of this darkness is for her eyes to light the way,

But she can’t remember the last time her eyes shone, unless you count tears, which, they apparently don’t.

And so she…

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Author: Grandtrines

Like so many people, I am a paradox. I am a politically conservative vegetarian. I am from a Christian background, and still tend to like those values, but am a metaphysical astrologer trained in science who has an interest in the magic of ancient Egypt and a weird belief that some piece of our essence can live on a server. I live in Texas, but like chatting with my international Wordpress pals the best. I learn by teaching. Technically, I am a "Leo," but I am very, very Aquarian with a dose of Scorpio. I bitterly complain about Algol (and Algol personaliites), yet it is the one star that defines me most (other than Regulus). (Which, oddly, makes me an Algol personality.) I am a reclusive lover of peace and quiet who has the Ascendant in the Via Combusta (the most conflict ridden part of the zodiac). I am an incredibly private person with a blog with over 800 followers and 50 to 150 regular daily visitors. I could go on, but I think you get the picture.

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