scars too many
one or many
leave us scarred
to the point of scared
of any more
reducing choices
resigned to passivity
ordered to murder
risk in its cradle
sheltered as best we can
beneath false narratives
inevitable scars
aft fore midship
scar scared
might be sacred
rising after
an unknown
into a shelter
become a retreat
deeper in wilderness
leading out
another way
past sad triumph
steady enough
to change scared of
to cared for
walking steady-eyed
ahead anyway

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