Dirty Blood

Pink an Fresh

My blood is dirty.
I drag out.
Past my anger and apprehension,
2 steps.
To the neighbor’s house with a bottle of Manischewitz,
Sorry for the noise.
He smiles.
12 steps.
Past the razor wire and the liquor store,
Head down, dial the phone,
“Mom, I ate today.”
25 steps.
The front door.
My hippie church, slip in.
A place where pink hair can go unnoticed.
Listen. Breath.

My blood is busy.
I step back out.
Past the past. It’s a present.
2 steps.
Facebook says, “VK is alive.”
Yes, Lord.

Headphones, I smile.
13 steps.
Back past the razor wire and the jacaranda tree.
Inbox, “They want to be in your skin”.
Fuck my skin, here’s my veins.

Back home.
Bleed out.

The beat goes on.

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Photograph by Petras Gagilas

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VK Lynne

VK Lynne is a writer and musician from Los Angeles. She penned the award-winning web series 'Trading on 15', and her writing has been published in Image Curve, The Elephant Journal, GEM Magazine and Guitar Girls Magazine. She has authored lyrics for three of her own solo albums and for the bands Vita Nova, stOrk, and The Spider Accomplice.

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