Off the Shelf, Poetry Thursdays
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Bones & Bruises


Your bones are beautiful,
and your bruises are art;
But a skeleton’s not an easel
for ecchymotic scars.

Your words are so concealed,
too carefully hand-picked,
a staccato of hidden meaning —
Then, your voice smiles away.

You say you deserve it,
and the networks inside
tighten and twist below my sternum —
How did you learn those words?

In them you hid yourself,
lost your dreams in color.
I would stitch myself into the night,
to guide them back to you.

And in the deepest blues,
obscured in hazy hues,
you might find the parts that have been lost –
Return to something new.

 


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Thomas Amburn Thomas Amburn (3 Posts)

Contributing Writer

University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Thomas Amburn is a third-year medical student at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington, Kentucky class of 2022. In 2015, he graduated from Transylvania University with a Bachelor of Arts in chemistry. Thomas is a Fulbright scholar and lived in Thailand after graduation for over a year. He enjoys caring for his plants, writing, and planning his next travel in his free time. In the future, Thomas would like to pursue a career in general surgery.