You say we were two lives that need to disentangle.
But really some of each other became the other one.
That’s the problem. Where do you stop and I begin?
It’s less un-knotting and more a case of cutting it out.
It’s not like cutting out fat, sugar and carbs for my diet to make myself more attractive.
If I do this then I crave the bad.
Maybe I let a remanent of us remain?
It’s a dangerous game, I binge then purge.
More than that its like something that’s diseased.
You cut the tumour out stop it spreading.
I find rancid places to cut you out.
A surgeon, a butcher, a self-harmer.
I peel the taste buds from my tongue
because they shared a love of flavours,
that only we could understand and create.
A menu bittersweet.
I gauge the black place in my heart.
Like cutting the mould from cheese to preserve the rest.
Yet you always worry there’s some you didn’t remove,
and you’ll end up all bile inside.
I remove objects and reminders from my home.
Like cutting the pieces of a stencil,
to make it make a new pattern.
I like the way it looks better than before.
I cut poisonous people out of my life,
it’s an attempt to make it happier, but really I’m afraid.
Scared of their judgement,
because that’s what I became.
Some cut the story from the paper
in order to remember and celebrate.
But the card from last year which says ‘I’m still glad I’m in love with you’
is better forgotten as a manipulative lie.
I cut the nails from my toes,
to stop gouging out the flash at the sides.
Occasionally I don’t do it straight enough,
those feet that danced together become hot and infected.
I dig at my flesh, open wounds and peel back scabs.
I cut you out of me but I keep forgetting where me ends and you begin.
I bleed a little to prove I’m still alive,
and it’s still possible to hurt.
Maybe I’ll let a small piece stay,
like an inked scar to mark the moment we were one.
Is this violent act self harm self-preservation? Cruel to be kind?
I cut away part of myself to make room for more.