Stories

Our bodies carry stories
of cakes eaten or forgone
challenges accepted or declined
sometimes ink into flesh
calling out
for all to see
everything
we believe in

other times,
more subtle
a wrinkle from a furrowed brow
or a laugh line from a smile
provoked by a lover
who stayed too long (overstayed their welcome)
or left too soon (without saying goodbye) 

a chipped tooth
a tragic fall  

scars and bruises
of childhood summers
and grownup winters

tans and tan lines
exposed and hidden flesh
exposed and hidden secrets

calluses, warts, a bum knee
all there
the stories of our lives
little echoes of what has been
written out like maps
imprinted into flesh
indelible like ink

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