i have to let go of old skins
i keep on holding on to them
trying them back on to see if the flaps tighten again
and it’s a waste.
ive moved past and grown to know better.
i know better than to mask fresh wounds with dirtied wraps
because i know that infection is death
in spirals down
and bleeds out
onto street corners
and i can’t keep finding myself on corners in filfth
because one day won’t be able to be just infected
and brought back to health.
fresh wounds may hurt, but they will also, almost always heal.