An Image of Self-Violence

OCH brings a true tale by Darick Taylor about self-harm. This comes with a well deserved Trigger Warning.

ORGANIC COFFEE, HAPHAZARDLY

by Darick Taylor

EDITOR’S NOTE: Discretion is advised. Following is a story about self-harm and suicide. 

My therapist had introduced me to another of her clients: a woman in her mid-40s with a history of self-harm. She had a kind of loose-skinned thinness brought about not by her age but by the incessant tanning she hoped would camouflage her scars. Her natural teeth had clearly been replaced by dentures, giving her a look that lay in a place between her actual age and twenty years older.

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