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It started when
the coat was almost new,
caught on rust-streaked spikes
of a school-ground prison…..
Invisible at first,
an extra pocket
or designer label;
no one suspected
hidden damage.
But the scar remained,
quickly joined by
brothers, sisters,
uncles, cousins.
Then strangers
drove their opinions,
and other more physical
through its crumpled fabric;
patches and coat
buttoned up tight
to keep everything out.
Razor drawn thighs
in clenched relief
as the dark-coated men
emerged from
the hidden recesses
of your tattered Psyche,
threatening with fingers
and twisted mouths
into huddled corners.
Terror patched
by white coats,
needles and
thought numbing pills.

But still the coat remains,
resisting the cold
of endless winter nights.
The patches have held,
and somehow sanity
of a kind has emerged
to convince those who
see beneath the fabric,
stitched and laddered
beyond any kind of
outlandish fashion,
that there is always
a way to foster hope.

Style / type: 
Free verse
Review Request (Intensity): 
I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
Last few words: 
For someone who has always inspired me with their amazing resilience
Editing stage: 


good dais like in ascension of thought, i like the progression, and most of all the semantics is gravitational, not frictional

I'll come back when I'm more composed, just brought me to tears

So sadly beautiful, it shatters my heart

Love you BB xxxxx

("Always and Forever") - (Never lose a holy curiosity.-Albert Einstein)

Sorry dear, I should not make you cry...but I am glad it found your heart. Love BB xx

author comment

this is wonderful prose poetry

I am glad you appreciated it.

Best wishes


author comment

Simplicity vs complexity, Great poem all the way around Professor

Glad you liked it.

My best wishes


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