scar quadrille

scar–that shine on my shin from a fall
off my bicycle
the red curve under a belly
that birthed children
and a calligraphy of scratches

these are proof of passage
through a world
that marks us forever in blood.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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36 Responses to scar quadrille

  1. We all have our different scars as proof of our passage. You’ve summed up your own passage quite nicely in this quadrille.

  2. whimsygizmo says:

    Oh, I LOVE this:
    “calligraphy of scratches” — FANTASTIC!

    I have that same red curve under belly. 😉

  3. Scars of life marked in blood…strong imagery.

  4. frankhubeny says:

    I liked the idea of being marked “forever in blood”.

  5. “…marks us forever in blood.”
    Indeed it does.
    And these marks stay
    with us for long….

    I remember the origin of every one
    while so many of the marks I’ve made
    on life are lost to me.

  6. Grace says:

    We all share the same markings in blood ~ I can relate to those scars as well ~

    Good to see you Susan ~ Hope you are well ~

  7. thotpurge says:

    love calligraphy of scratches!

  8. Nice piece. Sounds like a life well lived

  9. Nice to have you back Susan, love the scars as calligraphy..

  10. Marked in blood … each and everyone of us.

  11. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    these are proof of passage
    through a world
    that marks us forever in blood.

    Oh yes!

  12. kim881 says:

    Your quadrille is so well crafted, Susan. I especially love the alliteration and imagery of ‘that shine on my shin’, the ‘red curve under a belly / that birthed children’ and the wonderful ‘calligraphy of scratches’ !

  13. scars as calligraphy – they do tell a story. Excellently done.

  14. othermary says:

    Wonderfully crafted!

  15. lillian says:

    Not reading anyone else’s comments….because even if it’s repeated, my response is the same….”a calligraphy of scratches”….what a powerful and insightful grouping of words to make a mental picture of scars. Excellent!!!!

  16. through a world that marks
    us forever in blood.

    As had been shown birthing marked the beginnings of a reference to blood. Blood will then be an underlying factor overshadowing man’s journey in life.


  17. “Calligraphy of scratches…” wow, really love your creative word choice. Each scar a rite of passage, a part of us, that which makes us who we are. Well done!

  18. Truedessa says:

    Your words are truth, our scars are a passage in the journey of life.

  19. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    How true – and great last line.

  20. Grace says:

    Hi Susan! Hope you are well! Can you please contact me at: ?

    Thanks, Grace (D’verse)

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