Fractured

It begins with a fracture
A crack in the sidewalk
Fragments of broken glass
A slow, deliberate tearing
Ribcage expanding with breath

Hands clasped
Teeth clenched
A twist of the hips
A softening in the eyes
Exhale.
A splitting
An empty space

Open like roots digging
Unearthing
Leaves rising
Exposed, unsure
Petals open like mouths
Blood runs slow
Pupils grow wide

Reaching inside
Removing
Handing out parts of you
Carefully wrapped
A banner of thoughts
A flag of untold stories
raised high.
Perishable.
Fragile.
Vulnerable
Some sort of public sacrifice

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