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This is the Fall
jenakajoffer

when love's shoulders were buff
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grey cliffs to hang from
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on some cold, mist-shrouded day
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and the rain
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bored with longing's predictable face
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sails a boat down the rivulets
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formed in my cheeks.
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when the scent of fermented wet leather
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as I abide this bastard weather
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floods me like a broken water main.
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this is nostalgia. let us watch it arrive
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the way our whiskey revisits through the vomit
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burning our nostrils.
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when love wore hideous green briefs
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and still expected a blowjob behind the shiny brass bus
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as if he were some self-appointed superhero.
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and when every girl still blew out the knees
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of her acid-wash jeans just to appease.
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see his chest puffed out like fowl, hands on hips;
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see his invisible cape flapping in the wind.
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this is nineteen eighty-six in case you hadn't noticed.
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when safe sex was taboo
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and the token condom in a teenager's purse
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was nothing but cool-girl insignia.
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I earned my badge face-down in the chicken coop
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with love's tender hand to hold me.
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perhaps that's best left for confessional pews
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or sad summaries of regret
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spewed into blogs, but I'll admit
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all those orphan-annies shoved sperm
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high into their young vaginas.
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though no small, drunken body was fruitful
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at times I think they wished for it,
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that clean husk of heart and sluggish vein of grief
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carving demons out into the night--
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seems no matter how far away I go
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I still find them here, though I have no closet
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large enough to hold them.
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this is the fall. let us watch it depart
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like the ghost of my love
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who will not come out to say goodbye,
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nor will I linger in case it changes its mind.
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28 Oct 16

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your fall is completely entitled.  Only the buff fall?  For real... wtf are u thinking... Have u ever been outside a chair?  Can you not talk about yourself?
 — percocet

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