When you cut me from your life,

did you use scissors?


Did you cut carefully

like I was a curving,




Occasionally I feel like

a frayed ghost limb

from a thoughtless tear.


Maybe I was creased first

before you casually

pulled           me              apart.


Tugged. Me.

With the same soft swipes you’d use

to shoo dust off your loved one’s cheek.


Did you use a cookie cutter?

I’ve felt shaped differently since.


I don’t feel you balled me in your fists before discarding me,

but I feel crumbled nonetheless.


Did you commit my calligraphy

to memory?

Recalled our childhood and chronicled

all we had,

held me to your heart,

before you severed us?


Whether you shunned me away into a

water-stained box, full

of your childhood knick knacks, waiting

for your hands to wrinkle to be

treasured again,

or tossed me into the same wastebasket

of shredded due dates and credit card offers,

I still have to ask.


Did you have the decency to use a pair of shears?

Once they said we were cut

from the same cloth.

Yet I still feel the ripping

from your bare

clenching hands.


– Rachel R. Vasquez, September 2017

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