Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Sunday Outing

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Sunday Outing

She had white pustules
packed tightly atop

knots of red, foundations
for infection, overwhelming

as city streets,
running from forehead


to fingertip. Her hair

was colorless brown,

cut with stolen scissors,

layers blunt, obvious as agony.

She reached out to touch my arm.


“Don’t do that,” I said.
“I’ve already had it.”


I pulled away,

felt my own cheek,

showed her the skin

on my hands, my wrists,

those soft places smoothed

by toil and miracle, by continuous

treatment and care.


“I can’t let it come back,” I said.
I folded my hands in front of me,


made my way down the theater aisle,

edges beaded in light,

guiding me to plush red seats

where my family sat,

waiting for the play to begin.


Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt

Copyright Nov. 2, 2012


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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