Charlotte Reynolds

I pull shrapnel out of your daughter
inch by inch
in little stories, told
in no particular order.

Some slip out as easy as pennies;
the ghost on the cycle track,
the ring with no hallmark,
but others catch on flesh.

Still, I marvel at every new piece,
every scattered shard
extracted, rinsed
and glued back together.

And if I stand here,
in just the right place,
I can almost make you out,
a smile in the cracks.

Charlotte Reynolds is a data hoarder, cat lover and death enthusiast (read: amateur genealogist). She lives in London with her boyfriend who is tragically allergic to cats. Find her on Instagram (@violetvicinity).