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Love in the time of Pollution
sjraerae

I don’t want to dream of you anymore (Love in the Time of Pollution)
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  ‘I open my eyes and the world drops dead
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I think I made you up inside my head’
 3
 
 
           we never even met
 4
 
 
You’re faceless in my dreams
 5
the focus
 6
   but faceless nonetheless
 7
 
 
I used to watch the planets move in the sky and think of you
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        Celestial bodies as confirmation bias
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           I thought I knew you felt it too
 10
    Why does it feel like my soul is still captive?
 11
 
 
I think bittersweet partings paved the road to hell
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I have a tendency towards tragedy, couldn’t you tell?
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The penultimate words
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at the bottom of a still, and deep sea
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I think, no, I know,
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I still carry them with me
 17
 
 
A civil service for a crazy girl:
 18
The Final Message
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A line drawn in the sand while I was still drowning
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I had poured myself into a beached and empty vessel
 21
 
 
‘We’re getting married soon’
 22
Damn that fucked me up
 23
 
 
Silly girl,
 24
Romanticism ruins love.
 25
 
 
I know, I know, I know, I know
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But still I put the glasses on
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How else was it supposed to go?
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Ghost boy
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You were a liminal space
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I was a liminal phase
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I don’t want to dream of you anymore
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I think I loved you in a past life
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Did you promise then to break my heart in this one too?
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The last drops of idealism embedded in my tears
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I feel spent and all my bets were on you
 36
 
 
       I stayed at the Ace Hotel in Tokyo
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      I thought of you in every place I’d go
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            (Love in the time of Pollution)
 40
 
 
I thought of you in apartment 1503
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the shower overlooked the Beijing city skyline
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A Neptunian fog clouding an industrial horizon
 43
 
 
There above I saw you marked in constellations
 44
 
 
I don’t want to dream of you anymore
 45
 
 
21.01.19
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23 Jan 19


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