What is a Scar

Jackie Langetieg

but a reminder
of things past.
Childbirth
that first fall
from a two-wheeler
or off a horse
onto my cousin.
The skin is opened
for molecules
of memory
to drift inside
become part
of heart’s blood.
What is a scar
if not a bad dream
that old man next door
the loss of a son
the loss of youth.
A scar is
like a wrinkle
inside out,
smooth
telling the world
you’ve lived.
 

 
 
 Jackie Langetieg

Jackie Langetieg

Jackie has published two chapbooks and three collections and been presented in many small press journals, and WFOP calendars over the years. She has been retired for fifteen years and lives in Verona with her son and two cats.

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