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  • Kirsten Lies-Warfield

Trauma 1, meet Trauma 2


Intellectually, I was prepared

Psychologically, I felt prepared

Seeing the scars though

It is undeniable


This feeling of recognizing trauma after the fact

Not seeing it coming, thinking I’m prepared when I’m not

This is the second time.

I have been largely inaccurate at predicting my own future

Yet I will predict with heaps of confidence

That these scars will heal more quickly

Will not leave a lasting mark

My dreams will not be forever occupied with this

The injustice of your trauma continues

Because you never think of me

While I’m often thinking of you.

Cancer is easy

Betrayal is hard

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