Poem: Fresh Picked Wounds

A cento is a “patchwork” poem comprised of lines from other poets' poems with only some punctuation changed. I post new centos periodically to share what I'm reading and keep the creative wheels turning. Citations follow each poem. This is August 2021's installment:

Fresh Picked Wounds

"You’ll never believer what your mother did . . .”

Covers her motherhood like a scandal? Hushes it like a profanity?
But I’ve already lived my childhood in silence.
C: Caring. Choosing. Commitment.

Every time I’m on the phone “tricking” you.


 1 From "Visit 31" on page 56 of Conversations at the Nursing Home by Deanna Shapiro.
 2 From "Body Back" on page 87 in What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer
 3 From "Broca's Arena" in Brainwaves: A Symphony of Frequencies by Nicole Avila
 4 From "Nursing Is" in Poetic Expressions in Nursing: Sharing the Caring by Susan J. Farese, MSN, RN
 5 From "&nem" on page 110 of Finna by Nate Marshall