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it sticks with you,

like a sailor’s first storm

or a driver’s first accident,

even a lover’s first heartbreak.

it rips at your soul a little.

you were that weak

and that strong.

it washes off like hot water.

once you’re done, you don’t look back –

until warm water flushes over you

and the wounds reopen.

they throw you back into thought.

it’s your trigger.

(thought)

-Allison Ryder