An Open Letter to Darkness

Written by: Gracie Bawden

Dear Darkness

You are trapped inside of me

And I am sorry.

I do not know how it happened.

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Were you conceived of break-up?

Bullies?

Bastardization?

Backs bent over rocks?

Or did I eat you in the womb

Helpess,

Lifeless

Whole?

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Dear Darkness

Please stop scratching at my insides

Tugging at my arteries

Clawing at my ovaries,

I do not know if you want me

To love you

Or let you go,

And I do not know if I am capable of either