Self-Portrait with Bruise

Robert Okaji is an excellent poet. Nearly every day I am inspired by the work he posts on his WordPress.

O at the Edges


Self-Portrait with Bruise

Some damages announce, others conceal.
How else may we continue

despite our best
inattentions? And which treasure
do we truly hold

closer, the blood orange
or the blade
that parts its segments? At

thirty I would have chosen
one. At forty, the other. Now,
options spread like branches among the cedars.

Ruptured vessels reveal our lapses.


This first appeared in Shadowtrain.


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Self-Portrait with Bruise

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