General Poetry posted May 12, 2017

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Quiet and brief relief...

The Cutter

by Bill O'Bier

tear drops
trickle down
her hollow cheeks.
Past memories flash
back all the hurt and pain.
Slowly she holds the sharp blade
against the scarred and hidden flesh.
With one quick cut, the warm release pours
bright red across her breast, and now she smiles.

Etheree Poetry contest entry


Cutting is not something one advertises, and when someone does cut they are generally ashamed and hide it as best they can. It can be done with any sharp object, such as, but not limited to, knives, razors, broken glass, scissors, or safety pins. Self-injury is the individual's way to cope with or relieve painful or hard-to-express feelings and is generally not a suicide attempt. But the relief is temporary, and a self-destructive cycle often develops without proper treatment. If someone displays the signs and symptoms of self-injury, a mental health professional with self-injury expertise should be consulted. An evaluation or assessment is the first step, followed by a recommended course of treatment to prevent the self-destructive cycle from continuing.

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