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A burn and another burn on the same arm.
Different angle, different bone but a burn
Is a burn all the same, no matter
How brown or red or teethy white it is.
And that burn – bubbled skin that
Broke apart from its bandage bleeding –
Almost, though not quite, broke me
Apart too. Because one burn was quite
Enough, but two burns send me over
The edge (the one I'm standing on bare.)
Bubbles at the bottom, bubbles through my
Toes and up my fingernails. I'm cold,
But bitterly burned. Blister, blister, but none
Forms. Beware bare burns borne bare.