Hurt by Mark Reep

Pain is the first teacher.

No one understands hurt

until they are,

or greater suffering

than their own.

From its hardest lessons

we learn least:

Only tear out this page too,

and go on.



Mark Reep is an artist and writer whose work has appeared in American Art Collector, Bluecanvas, Endicott Journal, Metazen, cur.ren.cy, A-Minor, Blue Fifth Review, Prick of the Spindle, Moon Milk Review, Camel Saloon, Big City Lit, Fictionaut Selects, and Word Riot. He is the former editor of Ramshackle Review, and is represented by Jardine Gallery, Perth, Scotland, and Atlas Art House, Carmel, Indiana. Visit Mark’s website and blog.


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