Torn Things

Ruby

 

I knew torn things come to use

Like my white sweater from 3rd grade,

In halves wipes the linoleum, the old clothes

have its own department where they work

after the bodies retire them off,

The ones on the peg near the marble board are the luckiest.

Did you also wonder when our bodies withdraw from us,

Fire burns out and heart cracks apart,

The world would find an use

Or shall we whine under the faucet,

Lie amidst the cars with no engine or gears like a carcass?

Can damaged skin breath again

Through stitched scars and oxygen-pumped lungs?