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            she dreams of death
            in the morning

            plain underwear
            bare mattress
            pillow without
            a case
            fetal position
            her spinal column
            pronounced

            downstairs
            rose in a thin vase
            old creaky house
            dark wood

            table with
            a missing leg
            limp edge propped
            on the windowsill

                                                         ~the dust can~
                                                        ~communicate~


            dawnlight
            falls on plants and other
            living-dying
            things


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                                                                                                                                           his teeth
                                                                                                                                           marks
                                                                                                                                           the shadow of
                                                                                                                                           unrest


                                                                                                                                           pushing
                                                                                                                                           himself
                                                                                                                                           to be
                                                                                                                                           conquered

                                                                                                                                           or else
                                                                                                                                           to find
                                                                                                                                           his own
                                                                                                                                           victory

                                                                                                                                           only to be
                                                                                                                                           summarily
                                                                                                                                           thrown
                                                                                                                                           away

 

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                                                                bruh...

                                                                It's so hard
                                                                to be my friend
                                                                for anyone.
                                                                It's so difficult
                                                                to stay
                                                                close.

                                                                How's my 2020 been? Jesus...
                                                                I've been unemployed since March.
                                                                I stole a lot of food.
                                                                I've been going to the library and
                                                                playing video games and
                                                                keeping my head down and
                                                                staying quiet.
                                                                Which is all I've done
                                                                for about 3 years now
                                                                where I've been lifeing.

                                                                I've been tired.
                                                                How are you?
                                                                (weak smile)
                                                                (forced)

 

                                                                ...how are you

 

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  reading writing
  and creating
  in plain sight
  bare naked

  it's no secret

  now he wonders
  if the ghost of her still bothers
  reading over his shoulder

      (I'm not getting into any trouble
       just by standing here and listening
                    --
       why would I throw myself
       into the fire)

  she plays it over
  and over again
  in her spirit-hollow-mind
  over and over

  and for me,
  I guess
  I must
  admit

  that I miss
  the me
  that I was
  when you
  were here

 


October, 2020

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