Poem: Faded


We were full of life

both of us, ready

to start this journey



You were bursting with potential

a blank canvas

waiting to absorb



I cleaned your wounds

you kept me warm

I made you



But now you look so haunted

your skin crumbles, flakes away

your flesh has turned



Did you follow me into the darkness?


the shadows

on that lonely road?


Did my silent demons


the purple

and flesh from your bones?


I never meant to let you


No one told me

a building could be depressed.


© Natalie Mansfield


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