Saint Soldiers

nailed, skinned, and

burned alive for freedom

yet we shackle ourselves

in their names

A Case of Words

a heart uprooted

tossed aside

like a worm writhed

naked and cold

a pain

softly covered by a smile

suffocating any signs of hurt

words exchanged

were carried inside

and opened deep within

a truth stared at itself

a paradigm rearranged