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Curtain Call
madderhatter

Blisters strum in 4/4 time.
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A bloated heart raggy-edged,
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soggy and pinched
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from stuffing into your rigid shoes.
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Time travel lives.
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For the day we wed
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a bouquet of your broken promises,
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velvety and crimson,
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I carried, unwitting with grace.
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Twice daily I scour and rinse.
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Fetid odors; chemicals erupting
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in my bloodstream
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from the sharp exorcism of you.
 13
 
 
Pustules and blackheads,
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an infantry of toxicity,
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distorting patchwork-promises
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inked on my tender spots.
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A funhouse mirror of dimply flesh
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from the fluids you haven’t
 19
left in me for months.
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You told her I believed you were religion.
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Penance and pardon worn over in ache
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to an altar of purgatory, gilded with
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revoked promises of eternity.
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31 Jan 18


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