sometime late January
you spent the night with a woman
watching the moon grow.
come take me in my own abattoir,
my thesaurus.
I unrolled my tongue

ready for our first kiss
and out spilled
someone else’s lung.
how did these things
ever get here?
I wonder aloud.

I had created a dalliant
stockyard in my bed
to occupy us:
red-hot,
full of other people.
you were outside in a corduroy jacket
counting her freckles
as I was slicing the outside of
someone’s arm
to crawl inside
for warmth.

wait for us to duel it out
in the morning
biting the inside of my cheek
to taste victory
and she was on top of you,
crowning.
well.


well,
I had been waiting to show you

self immolation and I know
some fun phrases like
vous aimez l’intensité.

you had been waiting with kerosene
and some promises to hold
my pretty ashes
hostage; replete
with scathe,
a few words.

“fidelity”

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