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Thorns (Poem)

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tore his skin as he fought

his way to the sleeping princess


ripped his hair

snagged his cape and clothes


grudgingly gave way to his sword

and for the first time in twenty years, he felt


kissing her awake with bloodstained lips


Later he cherished the thin


on his arms and face, visited the garden

just to close his hand around the


stems. each kiss of pain brought him back

to the day he’d found himself, fighting through the


On their wedding night, he presented a

bouquet to his bride


pricked herself, and ever-perceptive, she snipped

the blooms with her embroidery scissors, offering him the


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