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Drops of blood
the soft fall
Hush
as they mark his skin
an inky black.
When he smiles,
the jagged lips
of his throat smile gospel secrets too
that only the half-living and the dead know.
Ian was another patient I met in the psychiatric ward. He was chronically depressed, and had cut lightly along his throat. He had plastic 'butterfly stitches over it. He seemed very gentle.
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