A scar and a blood blister

X marks the spot
on my lip where
I was kissed by
the hollow rusted
handle of a fought-
over sledge hammer
pulled from the
fists of my nine
year old brother.

A blood blister
swelled against
my bottom front
teeth while the
outside was held
together with
a butterfly stitch,
and I wasn’t allowed
to watch tv for a week.

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