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Beautiful Fragments

On Tuesday I punched my fist into the nettles at the bottom of our garden.

My whole arm lit up with fire,

and I screamed through clenched teeth

determined to see if the poison would do anything beyond hurt.

See, I’m an expert at cradling wounds out of sight.

My pockets are full of scars

my handbag crammed with bruises

and you can hear the piece inside me rattle if you shake hard enough.

I’ve been broken so long

the edges are too worn to fit back together again.

Instead I collected them like sea glass in jars along the windowsills,

and when the sun rises

they shimmer in every colour you can imagine.

They are still beautiful to look at.

Written For The Daily Prompt: Prickle

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.

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