Punches leave stains.

people call them bruises but
stains is more accurate.

words leave stains, too.

they hunch shoulders and
they burn in your chest, and

they mar your view of yourself
until all you see is ugly.

they scar your body in ways
that no one else can see.

some stains can be removed
given enough time, trust and soul bleach,
but the truth of it is that

some stains never fade.

@MelanieMcCurdie2016

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