can your strength support me?
for I’ve gained too many pounds

and this extra flesh is nothing compared
to this shame in which I’ve drowned

-image from a gif created by Alessandro Baricco, found via Tumblr; reworking of an older poem


“I was beautiful, once,” she said,
shame and remorse filling her eyes,
and hope, reluctantly, causing her hands to tremble

“What happened?”, he replied with a snicker,
a complete lack of anything resembling a feeling,
which hung in his eyes like a vacancy sign

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