“did you think I wore this city without pain?”
-Adrienne Rich

it’s midnight.
i’m with you
in a ball.
you’re taking up my half
of the bed with your engulfing
speculation and a partially harbored rage,
marking pages you skimmed
to later find your place where you felt,
at the time,
some things are better left theorized
than in flames.

I’m investigating an inner stillness that dissolves
when exposed  and counting
(to ten, my sponsor said)
contusions around my throat.
you’re learning about economics
this week,
hyperbole & statistics;
the way my freckles move
depending on my
the likelihood of a temper tantrum over
soap scum on my mug,
unloved refrigerator pictures circa 1993,
premature forgiveness when I’ve still got to
the bitter out but someone gave me two weeks of yoga passes
so I’m suppressing it in down dog and polite nods
on a borrowed mat on the other side of
I’m diffident but I’m hiding my scoliosis
in poses.
the amount of times my palms moved from open to
across your cheek and at what velocity;
which side of my useless back will face you tonight,
how long before one half of the bookshelf is cleared out,
how not to trust
                    you’re a poor investment, Sarah
anything that has to do with
simply put
(count the marks on my throat)
you already know
(inhaling without prompt)
about sharpness;
                       (my Christmas tree is in a dumpster)
some things shouldn’t be touched
                     ( I’m in child’s pose)
and you should
(exhaling without noise)

never bet on
that talks.

“the economist”


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