even after the shatter
even after the fall
even after my flesh
was marred and torn by thorns
i remain
still as a statue
obsidian heart cradled in my palms
held aloft as an offering for the gods
as i beg for an arrow of bliss to pierce
this armor layered over my broken soul

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Sumayyah Talibah lives in Michigan with her husband, kids, cats, and piles of books. She makes jewelry and sips tea in between reading and reviewing anything with words. sumayyahsaidso.com

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