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Guillotine Girl

Updated: May 13, 2022

You never meant to hurt him, did you?

Never meant to split man in half,

guillotine girl, you gutted him.

Dragged him to the ocean

hoping he would heal,

but the sand and salt seared his open wounds.

But you never meant to hurt him.

Never meant for the years that followed

to be hollowed by the sound of your name

Still, you hurt him, didn’t you?

and so back to the ocean you went

cupping water within guilty palms

gulping it down

sacrificially swallowing your sins

in hope

that he could heal

and forgive

you prayed and prayed and prayed

that he would not on pass on the pain you gave.


Brogan Dinsdale is an English poet who resides on a tropical island in Thailand. She prefers to live both barefoot and bare souled where the ocean meets the jungle. She is co-founder of Nude Studio and believes that authentic communication and creativity hold the power to raise our collective consciousness.

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