James Diaz

It's My Sadness, Does This to Me

I said my body is filled to the brim with trauma
which one?
                    you asked
there are more than several skins
hanging off the weakest limb inside us

it's a long walk
                               between here and there
and not every skin                        makes it
which one are you wearing,          
I think it's the same one
      but I’m not sure
you show me a scar that runs from your wrist up to your elbow
see here, this isn't the same skin
I've shed several layers since this happened
since he put this there

doesn't it still itch I ask
only when I let it, you say
only when I let it.


James Diaz is the author of This Someone I Call Stranger (Indolent Books, 2018). He is founding editor of the literary arts & music mag Anti-Heroin Chic. His work has appeared most recently in Occulum, Moonchild Magazine, and Philosophical Idiot. He lives in upstate NY and occasionally tweets @diaz_james.