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Crack
elodious

An early memory. Ribbons
 1
of smoke curling
 2
past the lamp.
 3
Gin and tonic
 4
and lipstick on the glass
 5
and laughter.
 6
 
 
You, slender as a reed,
 7
fraught with a need
 8
to be more than you
 9
can be.
 10
 
 
Laughter brandished
 11
like a sword.  Smoke curls
 12
up against the door,
 13
circles three times
 14
and makes its bed in
 15
whomever you've become.
 16
 
 
Your skin hangs
 17
on your skull,
 18
yellow teeth and pale
 19
bones beat a dying rhythm.
 20
 
 
I look into your eyes
 21
and hear them pleading.
 22
You look at mine.
 23
Can you hear them scream?
 24
 
 
How long
 25
before the smoke
 26
no longer lingers?
 27

21 Apr 09


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