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He said she’d changed him,

reformed his spine.

Snapped each vertebrae to suit herself

and left him hunched

over what remained of his heart.


The next came with healing hand,

or so she thought

when she tried to gouge out the broken

and cover the cracks

with masking tape and flesh tone plasters.


The last stamped, kicked and flew in.

Tested the breaks,

how much she could ask,

what he would give,

never demanded scars be explained.


“We all are damaged,” she said,

“We all bear marks.

What counts is the follow up,

if you’re one to fall

or build something stronger with another.”

This entry was posted in: Poetry


Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Love how you ended this… so much truth… we all carry scars, either physical or mental… it’s all about how you wear them and what comes after…

    • Thank you, I was a little worried about the ending and if it fit well enough with the rest of the poem. It is reassuring to hear that you enjoyed it.

  2. cool…vivid writing…the snapping of the bones in place up front around the heart…whew….the close, is warm…the understanding that we all have scars…and not demanding an explanation but accepting…

    • I’m glad that my writing had an impact and thank you for such a detailed comment. I love to hear which bits of my writing in particular have the most impact.

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