If I cut a hole in my chest,
An assertion on penance
An exchange of due harm
To restore in confidence,
Of prior wounds and consequence

An authority in letting, an opening
A centimetre wide and two down
Would the words bead out and dribble down?

A hole in my chest
A sliver, just a patch
Messes of half torn and clotted flesh

The pause
The beading rush of startle
The streaming of hidden blue rivers,
Blushing red,
The flushing embarrassment of first sight
Exposed

Caught in the confusion of
The staggering gasp
The first breath of menthol freedom

Hope that with each word,
Chained to venison canvas,
A venesection, a confession
An alphabet of suture thread

A letter, a symbol, stretching across
My body is knitting itself back together
Refusing to relent to any dehiscence
Constantly growing with the steady scribble
The military march of beating heart and breathing.

  • Laur (they/them) has spent the last eighteen years existing. Only since moving to Montreal two years ago did they start living, and as a by-product, coming out. Coming out as queer and non-binary to their family wasn’t the easiest way to go about, but it was the only way to start living as themself: without conditions and without exceptions.

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

You May Also Like

Editor’s Note, “The Art of Healing”

The arts not only entertain us, they also offer opportunities to heal the body ...

On Dolls and Devotion

It is Thursday morning, time for work. My stomach tightens, my back aches, and ...

Writing the Waves

I unfold on blank sheets of paper When the sheets of my mind are ...

Bound Between Seasons

Bound Between Seasons is a series of strange sculptures, familiar shapes, and stored forms that ...

Selected Hauntings

Selected Hauntings is a series of embroidered textile scrolls hung as a labyrinthian installation. ...

Complicating the Narrative

Vivek Shraya is an artist whose body of work crosses the boundaries of music, ...