Four hundred pounds per square inch
down on my right wrist.
It tore through my skin and flesh
breaking my bones.
Ripped tissues and muscles lay
on shredded ice. Dread
sprayed in red graffiti–
splattering beyond the snow,
flying amidst the skift.
Instead of saving myself,
I laid down carefully explaining
to the wolf why I don’t deserve
such pain and why what it did
was hurtful as my blood dribbles down,
absorbed into the white canvas.
Written by Vanessa Li. Edited by Yiyang Cao. Published on 20/8/23. Header image by Emma Li.