Wrapped in Black Parchment

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By Atika Baji

Wrapped in black parchment

So old and tormented

That held secrets of mystery and pain

Bound tightly by a chain

That warned me away.

I came closer and closer

It got harder and harder

The burn was too strong to bare

In the end I tore it open

Revealed the secret inside

A heart so soft, it was scarlet red

Raw, but so beautiful

Came from it a scent of musk so sweet

The dark outside didn’t make me retreat

Atika is a first year English and creative writing student. She writes short stories and poems and posts them on her poetry Instagram account here.

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