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Art by W. Jack Savage 2021

Scar

by Otto Burnwell

 

The wound is crusting over,

but the damage will remain,

and a scar that will bind him

to the woman he betrayed.

 

Standing nearly naked

in the hallway at a mirror,

he traces with his finger

where she tried to take his balls.

Missed the femoral artery

and opened up his knee.

Doctor said he’ll limp awhile

but should be good as new.

 

Skin will twist and harden

to cover meat and bone,

but his nerves will give a shiver

to touch another blade.

It comes like dullish pulsing,

blood dashing through his veins,

to feel that fucking razor

slicing through his flesh again.

 

The sight of all that blood

gave them both a feral shock.

She only meant to scare him,

afraid he’d laugh away her rage.

Then full of cruel bravado,

she licked the bloody steel

and skinned a layer from her tongue

while he curled up, crimson on the floor.

 

His pals tell him, dump her.

He often thinks he should.

But when she calls him to the bedroom,

he can’t help but go to join her.

What makes him choose to stay?

She claimed him for herself

and marked him with a scar,

a brand he'll always wear.

 

Two sad and lonely people

let lust and jealous rage

take hold and bind them

in an angry fist of love.

 

 

Otto is riding out the pandemic in a densely populated, urban area, with a few million of his closest neighbors, wondering how much pain we can inflict on each other and still call it love.  This piece comes out of that.

He writes to stay sane, uses a pseudonym to stay employable, and changes enough detail in what he writes to stay welcome at the family’s holiday gatherings—in some future to be named later.

He’s recently placed pieces with Terror House MagazineHorror, Sleaze, TrashThe Oddville PressFiction on the WebThe Stray Branch, and Yellow Mama


W. Jack Savage is a retired broadcaster and educator. He is the author of eight books including Imagination: The Art of W. Jack Savage (wjacksavage.com).  To date, more than fifty of Jack’s short stories and over a thousand of his paintings and drawings have been published worldwide. Jack and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia, California.

In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2021