Shawn L. Bird

Original poetry, commentary, and fiction. All copyrights reserved.

poem-incised February 5, 2015

You find the perfect spot

for maximum irritation

you rip apart the incision

determined to arrest healing.

I long to rip you off,

toss you away,

have air and water and space

surround me,

to heal the gash

and help to find my footing again.




Dedicated to my Aircast® which has a air tube glued right at my incision line.  This is a painful irritation!  Yeah, yeah.  So I’m being literal.  Nothing is stopping you from taking it figuratively.  That’s what poetry is all about!  🙂


14 Responses to “poem-incised”

  1. Lovely! I hope you heal soon. ❤

  2. Toss the irritant, farther than you can trust it.

  3. Lorien Says:

    It takes a great poet to write something literal and leave the space and possibility for it to be interpreted so many ways in the figurative sense. The power in this is how grounded the feelings are in your own real life experience. I love it! Well done!

  4. georgiakevin Says:

    i very much enjoy reading your poetry! i wish that i could tell people off the way that you did but since my few attempts at writing poetry have been sad at best I will just enjoy your work instead!

  5. P Moorman Says:

    What a fun poem for a not-so-fun situation. Love the open interpretiveness.

  6. narble Says:

    Shawn…here is a poem written by Melissa Shaw-Smith. I think it runs right to your door:

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