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I wonder if you sleep well.
Do your eyes pop open in a panic,
“What have I done?”
“What did I become?”

Do you think about me
the way I think of you?
In the night, chest heaving.
Heart-wrenching, soul bleeding

I know you don’t feel my fear
but you should.

m.e. peters



Photo: Photo by Drew Graham on Unsplash

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When I say it was a long time ago,
I mean that my nightmares are less frequent.
When I say that I’m over it,
I mean I think about it often.
I mean that I don’t function
without reminders of you.

Day to day
you are in my blood.
Surging through me
unseen, but felt.
Coursing through veins
I often dreamt of slashing.

I don’t want you here,
yet here you are.
Mine, always.
Just like you said.

m.e. peters




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Like a carver whittling away wood,
like a butcher slicing carcass,
like a razor piercing skin.

A needle etching into blood,
a knife engraving letters into a tree,
a dog tearing through bone.

Like a mosquito making meal of me.
You are always here, gnawing.

m.e. peters






Photography: Lanaya

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Top 10 Posts of 2017 — No. 8

Dear Daughters

by M.E. Peters


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Dear daughters,

I hope when you look up at me
you see more than surviving.
I hope you can smell gunpowder
on my torn open flesh-
see the wounds dripping from me
and know how hard I fought
to be your mother. Continue reading Top 10 Posts of 2017 — No. 8

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Out of Body. Out of Mind.

Every few months I get to meet myself again.
I look into the mirror and see a ghost.
Who am I? Where did I come from?
I know it’s me that I’m looking at
but nothing is recognizable.

“I have green eyes,” I tell myself.
This will be over soon,
I remember from the last time.
I am not scared of the stranger in front of me;
I wait with bated breath to know her name.

m.e. peters

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Don’t look at me any differently.
Don’t cock your head to the side
with a half smile full of pity.
Don’t tell me you’re so sorry.
I wouldn’t change this for the world.

turned me into iron.                               I fought tooth and nail to stand here.
I bled for this to be over
and now it’s over.

m.e. peters


Art Credit: Nour