Wasted by Claire Walker

i.m. Isabelle Caro

My blotting-paper heart took their words and soaked them
up, became my body’s blood.
My mind grew so fat with the juice of ambition
that all I could taste was nothing.
I hollowed my cheeks with bullet holes of doubt,
silenced the forest of my stomach.
Every muscle shaved silk-thin,
each notch of my spine a wasted branch.

But my voice will not be that brittle wood. My voice
will not rattle around this empty throat. I will not
glove my hands or bind my ribs.
Waste nothing.
Lend me your eyes and ears
and I’ll give you my bones and words.

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