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soft centers

it's when I cry

that oh, I feel my center unfold

but that makes me more vulnerable, yes?

the unfolding is the shell breaking

and the soft, bloody insides

ripe for the taking

love, this is love,

my fingers always feel numb

when I know that my heart

is about to ripen,

like when you press your thumb

into a peach

and it splits neatly in half,

the juice like blood that comes

out quietly, gently, sweetly on your palm.

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