Diana Raab

Biopsy My Thoughts

Take a minute
and pull out that needle
from your medical satchel
and biopsy those thoughts
rummaging through my brain.

I dare you to slow them down
quickly enough to retract
your needle with the information
you crave, and the regrets you bathe in.

I have bad news for you.
You will never figure out
what I am thinking,
even as my green eyes
glance deeply into your glassy blue ones.

When you begin to pull back,
your liquid will freeze inside your syringe
because I have no answers for you
only to say these are my own thoughts

and unless I want you
to know them, they’ll remain
embedded inside me forever
within scars inhabiting every inch of me,
which have healed the day your eyes met mine.


Diana Raab, MFA, PhD, is a memoirist, poet, blogger, speaker, and award-winning author of nine books.

She blogs for Psychology Today, PsychAlive, Elephant Journal and Thrive Global. She’s editor of two anthologies: Writers and Their Notebooks and Writers on the Edge and two memoirs, and four poetry collections, including Lust. Her latest book is Writing for Bliss: A Seven-Step Program for Telling Your Story and Transforming Your Life.


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