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Tahlia McKinnon - only he can heal me: Work

Content Warning: implied sexual violence

Tahlia McKinnon - only he can heal me: Work

Tahlia McKinnon - only he can heal me


I hold myself, steady

ready to receive the bread

that breaks like tiny bones        between my baby teeth.

             body, made of paper

burn to read, but see

you fill every page, anyway.

             mouth of clay,

mould me to the heat

of you. no stranger desire

have I, than to be

reshaped by you             remade in your honour –

called by your name.

             eyes of brimstone,

but it is your lips that give me life.

but it is your hand that yields my pain.

and to think,

that I thanked God for you,

when you were the strange in me

that I’d feared, all along.

             oh, but only he can heal me

press his mouth against my chest

and breathe      hope       and       unrest

into my blood, into my bones.

             what a dangerous gift

it is, to have – the power              to lay someone to rest.

Tahlia McKinnon - only he can heal me: Work

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Tahlia McKinnon is the Founding Editor-In-Chief of Hecate Magazine. Tahlia's writing often centres on haunted love, exultant spirituality and her experiences as a trauma survivor. Her creative work has been placed in The Daily Drunk Mag, Wrongdoing Magazine, Anti-Heroin Chic, Radical Arts Review and others. You can find her online @tahliamckinnon or via tahliamariamckinnon.co.uk

Tahlia McKinnon - only he can heal me: Work

Photograph: Passion by Arun Kapur

Enigmatic. Charismatic. Passionate. Lover of life and all truth that binds us together. Arun Kapur is a mental health advocate that uses the medium of the arts to raise awareness of stigmas and well-being. Through poetry and film, he aims to amplify untold stories of unheard voices.

Tahlia McKinnon - only he can heal me: Work
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