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Her name is Stitches and I love her.
She doesn't believe that - she says it is an improbability.
She doesn't say impossibility and that gives me hope.

No one but me knows why she's called Stitches.

I've run my hands over her soft white skin,
Flushed with the fevers of midnight.
I've touched it.

I've let my fingertips explore the hitches in her skin,
Where her body couldn't quite heal itself.

Old memories of gaping holes and vicious lies.

From her shoulder to her wrist,
From her knee to her ankle,
Any where she can negotiate a knife - she is Stitches.

It makes her cry sometimes.
She says she doesn't like being a rag doll any more.

They're old scars, robbing her flesh of its innocence,
Betraying her old soul - etching it out - a tally on her skin.

IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII   IIIII  
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She draws a thick red line under everything
and tries to start again.

She doesn't like to be touched some nights,
I see her paper skin crawling at my soft kisses
and roll over to feign sleep.

It's not her fault, the pain of the scars won't fade,
The scars that the stitches can't mend.


Her name is Stitches and I love her.
The girl with the Frankensteined heart.

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Kathryn O'Driscoll © 2012

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Read by ~SophyLa from #Elocutionists here <3

Dedicated to all the Stitches - every last one of you.

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:iconmrphy:
This was and still is one of my most favorite piece. It captures the vulnerability of each and every one of us in a subtle way; not being overly concerned with specific. This gives the reader a chance to interject and personalize the piece.

I love how we are given minuet insight as to why the women is called Stitches, but are reminded that only the speaker knows the real reason. In a way it preserves Stitches' uniqueness.

I also appreciate the vision you paint with your words describing Stitches. You show that the scars run along the entirety of her body and give insight on how they effect her emotionally. Nicely done all and all.
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blackfeather Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2016  Professional General Artist
very sweet.
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kloe-oki Featured By Owner May 27, 2014
wow...talk about powerful i'm at a lost for words.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
:) an old favourite
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kloe-oki Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2014
oh
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MissHarlen Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2013  Student Writer
My cousin Elrond is a voracious self-harmer. It's thrown a wrench in many of the opportunities he has had presented to him. Reading this effected me in a way I can't quite explain. It made me think of his wife, Jess. She has never judged him for his scars, even though sometimes he practically begs her to. He doesn't understand how someone could love him for who he is, not what he's done to himself. Everyone else in his life has been really rough on him about his scars. They kept trying to "change" him and to "make him better". No one but myself and his Jess has ever just accepted that this is how he is, and how he deals with stress. We may want him to stop hurting himself, but we're never going to force our opinions on him. We love him for the way he is.

Long story short: I really enjoy this piece.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2013
I am so glad... I was 'Stitches', I still am. She is me, I am her. This poem I suppose was my subconscious trying to pin down the possibility that even broken I am lovable... and I think thats why people relate to it.
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LadyNeytiri Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2013  Student General Artist
Awww, this is so sweet~
I love the insight you get but are reminded
that only the speaker knows why she is called Stitches.
So beautiful...
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so much, I love this poem
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LadyNeytiri Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
No problem, hon :heart:
It's a mesmerizing poem, so beautiful ^_^
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
:love:
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LadyNeytiri Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Student General Artist
:la: :D
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LadyXarity Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really touching, reminded me of a girl i used to know.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013
Nods, I hear that a lot :tighthug:
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slowlyfallingpart Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2013
Oh my God, this is beautiful, this is so beautiful, it made me cry.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's my favourite.
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XomegaXX Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh.
Oh my.
You tugged at my heart strings.
I knOw so many of these. ..
I created one.

You capture it perfectly.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
:tighthug: Thank you so much. I am this girl :nod:
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XomegaXX Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's a spectacular peom.
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Astrikos Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
This is such a powerful poem. :love:
Very beautiful and touching. :huggle:
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KaraKleos-arts Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this piece. It spoke volumes deep inside.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013
I'm late responding because April hates me, I apologise :[

Thank you, this is one of my favourites and is definately my most popular. I love it.
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Mysteryouz-Black-Cat Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
This is amazing im totally watching u ^.<
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Aw yay thank you! This is one of my favourites.
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donutmonk Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist
Why is this so good? QAQ

*bows*

Be my sempai. > 3<
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BurningAngels101 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is probably one of the best poems I've ever read.....
It's very sad, but is also very true, very sweet, very beautiful. It was refreshing..... thanks for sharing this.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Gosh thank you. I am really proud of the Stitches poems. They are very truthful but from a hopeful place.
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BurningAngels101 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:) np
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is tragically beautiful.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013
Thank you, this one is my favourite and has been a lot of other peoples' favourite too. It has reached a lot of people so I love it.

- Stitches (obviously)
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BeyondJen Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
You're welcome. It's easy to see why this is so well liked.
I have a friend that bares the name as well, so it struck a chord. I think you did a fantastic job of reaching a global audience.

:hugs:
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013
:nod: Thank you, although obviously when I wrote it I was writing about my own feelings. I just try to be honest and then hope that people can relate to it.
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013   Writer

This is so very beautiful and vulnerable.
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Thank you Lacewinged, I'm really glad you liked this one as it is my absolute favourite from my collection :)
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Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013   Writer

You are most welcome and please, call me Kirsty!
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hakkaobake Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Brilliant. I enjoyed this, a lot. :clap:
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2012
yay! I'm really glad!
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hakkaobake Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Yay my comment didn't go unread! :dummy:
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
giggles!
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
this is wonderful, and makes it hard to speak..
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
:hug: Thank you, Stitches is my most popular work, and my personal favourite. I know so many Stitches in this world.
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
its sadly my nick name... for a couple of reasons one because stitch saved my life and now i collect them, the other is much longer much more complicated
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
actually that person didnt post the full artists comment. `Pelicanh originally had this in the artists description of that photo


"The first night I met Scar (GOD, I wish I could use her real name, it’s so much prettier) I asked her about her scars. I ran my hand along her arm and felt the scars. Scars that came from cutting herself.
She said with a smile, “I like them. They remind me where I came from. I’m better now.”
I fell MADLY in love with her that night and as I have come to know her better, it only gets deeper. A TRULY remarkable spirit in the world."
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
cool and there is nothing wrong with scar, he was my fav disney villan =) but she sounds like a wonderful person
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012
Don't be sad. Stitches is 99% me, .5% every one i ever met, and .5% a woman called Scar, who an amazing photographer called `Pelicanh posted a beautiful photograph of, here on DA. that photo has now been removed but you can find it [link] < there. Be WARNED it includes nakedness!

The quote under the pic was the artists description when it was posted, and it gave a lot of people, including me, hope that despite all the damage someone could still find us beautiful.

Theres no shame being a Stitches, or a Scar... especially when you know there are others out there.
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2012  Hobbyist
mine arent as...defined i would say. i heal very very quickly. some times when im really bad off, i go find random ppl usually drunk ppl, and pick a fight with them. it seems the only scars i have outwardly are along my knuckles where a knife cut me ( a tattoo covers it now) and the large scar along my skull.but it seems know matter how bad or how vicious the person is i seem to always get up and always walk away. i dont always want to. and im not sure why im telling you this...
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012
It's good to tell *someone*. :hug:
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KuraiTenshiV Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Hobbyist
I guess so
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sosweetgirl Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
simply speechless.
This is beyond touching ♥
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PoetryOD Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
blushes, thank you so much, this is my favourite :)
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