When I bite my thumb
and work hard at
a slightly overgrown nail
to tear and rip it
from the
web of nerves
holding it against my hand,
I wince.

It hurts to have a habit
that you’re drawn to nibble
like a rabbit.

A careful tugging by the incisors
and mashing by the molars ensures
a sliver of nail comes
with a kick and a scream,
wrenching free blood vessels
from your veins.

In an instant, your fingers can
become a bloody mess,
a mark of torn flesh until
the nails grow back again.

Then you get idle.

Then you feel with your tongue
that the nail is too long again.

Published by Jake Thomas Shaw

Concerned with memory, currency, and destiny, I strive to capture each one as they happen. Join me and consume reality! Radio Reality. City!

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