Declining Damage

Some parts are still missing
and others are still bleeding.

Time is a slow surgeon
with too many sharp scalpels
and never enough threads
to completely close the wound.

Pain is temporary, but so is joy.
One comes too often
and the other leaves too soon.

Be thankful we are not
still in the emergency room.
Just office visits and occasional bandages.

This is nothing
compared to the damage
we used to do.

Ann Kestner is the founder and editor of the online literary journal Poetry Breakfast. For over 25 years her poems have appeared in various journals. Her poem “Jukebox Girl” was the introduction poem to the inaugural issue of Memoir Mixtapes. During 2017, she was the poet in residence and director at the Poetry and Arts Barn in Cream Ridge, NJ, where she hosted a variety of writing groups and poetry readings. In 2018, she produced a series of free eBooks through Poetry House Studios, featuring themed collections of her poetry. You can find more of her work and a list of upcoming readings at https://annkestner.com.

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