To scold and scald

I scolded myself today;

not in the way my Nanny did

whenever she battled my knotted hair,

but with water as I slid into the bath,

a welcome pain I use to escape the chaos

of anxious thoughts with shrill voices

talking of nothing but doom.

I remember the first time

I felt myself seared by the ambrosia

I believed mermaids regaled in:

it was the communal showers

at Harwich swimming pool

and my Granny marched defiantly

to reception complaining

that the water had scalded me,

it was red-hot and dangerous –

it was a pain I would become

accustomed to; embrace in fact

with aching limbs and tired skin,

with eyes which wish to cry

but will burn instead.


Poem: © Kristiana Reed 2019

Between the Trees UK

Between the Trees US

Available internationally

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s