Torn (Part 1)

This is the first installment in a series for the poem “Torn.”
From the moment we are conceived, 
We are torn.

The very act of meiosis 

Is divisive-


Even as it builds


In an exhaustive effort to 

Make us whole,



As a child, the tearing continues:

We are torn from bottle or breast

From diapers and dreams

To deliberations and decisions 

From rocking in arms

To rolling in angst 

As we separate 

Angels from devils 

Friends from betrayers




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