Birthing scars,

trauma scars,

scars of shame,

scars of boast,

life-changing scars,

life-creating scars,

disabling scars,

scars recounted in stories,

scars seen and unseen,

formed from cuts viewed

on the surface

and those that

lie waiting

in the mystery beneath;

scars between people,

scars of the self,

scars in memory

that never fade

and continue to cut

like a surgeon’s knife;

scars of loss,

scars of success,

scars that flaw beauty,

so there is no way back;

scars lived painfully

in the silence of regret,

scars that are trophies

of a monumental event;

scars that live in bodies,

spirits and minds,

and only dissolve

in this certainty called death.