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 University of Michigan senior majoring in psychology and minoring in creative writing. Her greatest passion has always been the arts, whether that be writing, painting, or photography. Capturing Campus, a weekly installment of poetry and photography, aims to capture campus life through artistic expression. Dive into Capturing Campus every Sunday!

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