Christina Woś Donnelly The 2River View, 8.1 (Fall 2003)
Under My Skin

like the venomous strike
from the reeds,
or just a sting
in the dark, itching
to be aggravated

the bruised swelling, livid
testimony, dear, to
our bump in the night

edematous failure
to clear the waste
of battle, our hearts
working too hard,
too valiantly.

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