Beautiful Fractures

This was written for the Tuesday Title prompt at Poefusion. Enjoy.


beautiful fractures
China doll eyes
and a body too thin
to sustain you

hairline breaks
nobody can see
except you
and maybe me

a girl cannot live
on crackers, club soda
and heartache

she disappears
into the void
that lies somewhere
life and death
sickness and health
an in-between ghost
afraid to exist

beautiful fractures
China doll eyes
and a body so thin
it’ll betray you
into sleeping death

I’d break every mirror on Earth
to keep you alive
to keep you from seeing
the Grim Reaper in your
own reflections
the spectre that hisses at you
from beyond the silver glass
to die, die, die

I’d steal you away
from the siren pied piper song
I’d cover your ears
to block out the screams
from the devilish chorus
that propels you to
refuse sustenance and waste away

those beautiful fractures
are in your mind, girl
they need mending
before they break you apart
and all I am left with
is a lifeless corpse
and China doll eyes frozen shut by death
and beautiful fractured memories
of your life

Written 9/9/08
© 2008 Nicole Nicholson. All Rights Reserved.

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About ravenswingpoetry

I am a 38 year old writer from Columbus, OH and the creator of Raven's Wing Poetry. I am a poet, seeker, fellow traveler, and autistic.
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4 Responses to Beautiful Fractures

  1. What a wonderful tribute to those who suffer from eating disorders. I can’t begin to imagine what’s happening to these girls to have them shift to such extremes. But, my hope is that at least one girl will be saved after reading this beautiful, if sad, poem about eating disorders. Well done. Have a nice day.

  2. paisley says:

    startlingly accurate in voice… so sad that so many succumb to that vision of “dying beauty”…..

  3. Lela B says:

    I really enjoyed the read, thank you.. It is like you really know the feelings there…

  4. Pam says:

    How appropriate to see fractures in eating disorders. I had a friend who struggled for years with anorexia. She would say that she relied on other people to support her and keep her moving toward health.

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