Cicatrix — Word of the Day


Cicatrix - The scar left by an old wound.

Cicatrix – The scar left by an old wound.

Cicatrix – The scar left by an old wound.

In my Spiral Arm Stories, I talk a lot about scars. My central character Orion has a scar right down the side of his face. That visible scar represents the deeper emotional and phycological scars he carries. Like him, I carry a lot of scars. I could barely stand to look at my own body for a long time but that repugnance softened eventually. Because as I got older and the scars faded, but the scars never really go away. Some of the scars are barely noticeable anymore, but I still don’t ever wear short sleeve shirts or shorts. The cicatrix remains long after the visible wound is healed.

Another name for it is proud flesh. The first doctor after my accident called it that. I never saw much to be proud of. I suppose it could be said that I should be proud of having survived. Still, it took a long time to be grateful for what I had instead of bitter for what I lost. It’s not easy waking up in a different body, an uglier body than you’d previously had.

All my characters, my favorite characters at least, are scarred or flawed in some way. Orion’s scars are the most visible, but all the leading characters in my stories are broken to some extent. No. Not broken, cracked. They are functional, yet faulty. Like a palimpsest, they have been erased and written over, but the original text still shows.

Yeah… a bonus word. Palimpsest, look it up. I can think of no better metaphor for life.

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