from “scapegoat branding”
step six: six martyr place
from “Xenomorphine, The Bonesetter’s Revenge, Book2”

Smells of cracked leather
And dust, recoiled and weathered
Until she releases it
From her grasp, and it falls
Long
Long
Long
Long
And strong
Twine teeth and
Bitter breath,
Slicing through air
With a blur and a
Crack,
As black lightning
Across a still sky
Calling blood
From flesh,
Culling truth
From lie
Carry the brand
Of failure, full
And complete;
Bear the burden
Of Scapegoat,
Your scars
Indiscreet