Cut Off – Author Veronica Thornton


I bit my tongue and felt the blood

yet the words that didn’t escape left a bitter taste

I’m scared to close my eyes to sleep

the nightmares chase me while I’m awake

my arms were cut off

from constantly extending them to the wrong people

my heart has been broken, beaten and shut down

from opening up to everyone

my back hurts from being target practice

for the knives people throw

I’ve been hospitalized so many times

because I’m highly allergic to all the constant lies

only left with my brain and lower extremities

there’s nothing to do but turn and walk away and think

thinking what comes next

then my mouth opened astonished I heard the words

my tongue still works not permanently severed

understand the words you decide to say

should be spoken in a loving way

the words trickled down to my heart

it started to repair some of what had been torn apart

I stood up to realize my back didn’t hurt anymore

the knife throwers were gone not even a glimmer of them

Oh well so long

I felt my heart beat again

when I noticed I tried to touch it

and saw my arms extended

now I’m beginning to understand the voices said time to get some rest

so many revelations yet it was good stress

yes sleep, dream and evaluate

I dreamed of wondrous whimsical things

to awake later and notice fewer nightmares were there

I saw through new eyes

and was able to stomach but not accept the lies

Wow all that pain for such a long time

when all I had to do was walk away

and decide to change my mind.


© Veronica Thornton

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Excerpt from the book “Universal Colloquies Inside of Me”


About the Author

Veronica Thornton a.k.a. Vee was always gifted with the art of verbal and written communication although she was never a big talker yet quite the observer and listener.

Vee currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio is a survivor of domestic violence and mother of two. In her youth she wrote notes to herself and others when she could not verbalize what she was feeling. Many thought her writings to be poetic and inspiring in nature. Her empathetic feelings caused her to keep writing later in life as a way to release all the emotions and questions that were presented to her that otherwise remained nonverbal. While most of her writings remained private it was during her educational pursuits Vee was strongly encouraged to pursue a writing career due to her versatility in topics, styles and ability to articulate her thoughts in a clear, creative yet relatable manner.

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