He Called Them "Love Marks"
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He Called Them "Love Marks"

[CW: SA] A poem about a day that is supposed to represent love, that unfortunately represents trauma.

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He Called Them "Love Marks"
Photo by Nicolas Postiglioni

[CW: Sexual Assault (SA)]

He called them "love marks",
The marks that i stared at in the mirror when I awoke.

He called them "love marks",
Except when my sorority sister asked me what I had been up to all night after seeing the marks, I had no recollection.

He called them "love marks" even though they were left on an unconscious body.
But how does love exist where and when consent doesn't?

I think the nurse who saw me in the ER on Valentine's Day assumed they were "love marks" too.
She kindly joked about the marks on my neck, as she performed my pelvic exam.

So I do my makeup and go on with my day, because I could make myself repress it all... Right?

He called them "love marks",
But people like Him don't know what love is.

People that leave "love marks" only truly love control.

So when He found himself in bed with an unconscious woman,
It probably did feel like Valentine's Day luck to him.

He called them "love marks",
While I cried on the bathroom floor a week later, calling my RA with the realization that I had been raped.

He called them "love marks",
I call them the product of a rape.


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