I wear a moon-shaped scar
on my knee

and each time I shower
it reminds me of the day I fell
from the red brick wall
into Grandma’s backyard

how she dabbed it with TCP
strapped it tight
to stop the bleeding

how the next day
she collapsed in a heap
on the stairs

and how I wore
that bandage
to her funeral.

 

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Michael Ashley lives in West Yorkshire, & in between dodging the turds that life throws at him, and walking his dogs, he writes a little poetry. His work has been published in Carnival Lit Mag, Gutter Eloquence, HorrorSleazeTrash, Zygote in my Coffee, Rusty Truck, Boyslut, Black Listed Mag, and many more.

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