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written and illustrated by Lilith Noah

today's a day where it hurts
i see her in my teeth, she is
the only ivory part left in rotting gums, she
is supposed to be blissful but
only hurts as tooth meets flesh. maybe it's because
pain always reminds me of healing so
i press my nails into my palms and count to three
or ten, leave half-moons on my skin,
a signature of grief.
if only i could
separate the healing from the hurting
like white from yolk maybe
my gums would stop bleeding but
the egg is as scrambled as my brain and
the beauty and the pain
mix in the frying pan.

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