Evolving Emotions: Perfect

You perfect the seams that line your cloak

Each stitch integrating



Your emotions

So well that they are invisible

Even to yourself



The perfection wears

Little bursts rip the work

You toiled over

Hours spent

Patching, pressing, folding, weaving


A snag

A tear

You are convulsing now

Crying a trail of irresistible emotion


Exposure from the separation

Naked feeling

Composure lost

Pouring out


Paralyzing fear persists

The judging eyes are harsher now


Lying mouth

Shameful eyes

Sore heart



The great flood lays waste to your

Once perfect work



Erin Knape is a freshman who intends to major in psychology at the University of Michigan. Her greatest passions have always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, photography, or collaging. Evolving Emotions, a weekly installment of poetry and accompanying photography, aims to communicate the unifying conceptions, thoughts, experiences, and emotions felt throughout the college journey. Explore the inner workings of a chaotic mind in Evolving Emotions every Sunday.

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