Folding a Paper Doll

Those nerves repair and center out,
their particles the participants
of clotted fluid crosshatching,
partitioned by the spurned partisan lips
of a cut that deeply parts the skin
in a pursing wound.

Papercut, a still and stringent bite,
from a paper doll, manila hide,
is how the slit is worked through cutis,
the handling of a miniature made in folds.

The manner of this healing palm is swift,
the body’s heated purpose,
a crawling itch.

~ Ray Succre

Ray Succre currently lives on the southern Oregon coast with his wife and baby son. He has been published in Aesthetica, Laika, and Rock Salt Plum, as well as in numerous others across as many countries. He tries hard.

One Response to “Folding a Paper Doll”

  1. Good piece.

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