How You Incise the Body of a Poem

to extract the extent that these words
could break; in order to make sense—
enough sense to desensitise the pin
pricks at the nerve endings chattering
a rhythm of a deep-seated bleeding?

why do we even try?
these words falter in terms of
understanding.

leave it to silence.
fill in the blanks.

Jocelyn Suarez is only sometimes a poet. Actually a nurse, she gathers inspiration from her experience at work, delving into the psychosocial intricacies of human relationships and expounding on issues such as death and human suffering. She has been included in a couple of SingPoWriMo anthologies and has participated in various spoken word events. She hopes to be able to write more poetry beyond the month of April and maybe even adopt a cat.

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