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say hallelujah

14 May

under the night fed

jasmine

i stopped to pray

i left offerings there

ones that can’t

be seen

but can be

heard and only when the

breeze makes perfumed

sighs out of their waxy

jasmine

mouths

i prayed until

i felt the howl of

all the ache swell

up until it

pushed against

my ribs

begging for release

until its sang itself out of

my heart and then

i walked on with

a long trail of

want vining

sleek and

flowering behind me

i didn’t need to

call you then

you were

already

right

here

bridges and rhinestones

13 May

i went looking

for a ghost in

the edge of it all

looking for a ghost

but found something

else

through the cloying wisteria

down the street where you

used to sleep

at the lakeside

feet in the water

head kissing the

stars

i found something else

still a blur

still a tinge of

blood

memory

and best

of all

the softness of

knowing

insectile hum

11 May

they tell you that

everybody works

so as soon as

you can you

play work

you put on your

name tag and you

work until your

legs feel like somebody

else’s legs and then you

work again

you take risky rides

because you don’t have

a car but you have to work

you will be later asked by

a doctor if you have been in

any accidents because you

are far too young for

your roots to be

twisting so

yes several car

accidents later

you still work you

sometimes work doubles

for the time and a half you

work more than one job

you play work you play work

you

play

work

until the day when

you tell your daughter

i can’t pick you up anymore

but i still have to work

i can’t walk for miles anymore

but i still have to work

i can’t lift without dropping it

but i still have to work

hell broken bodies

don’t make no

money

but i still have

to

work

some great lights

5 May

you slip away

pearls in

your wake

knocking against

my dress hem

no anchors

to slow you

no nets to

confine you

no sharp barbs

to wound you

no desperate

clawing you

back to land no

only my sweetest

words

spun into

the most heartrending

song and there on

the rocks of your

great shore

i wait

patiently

cowgirl’s code

3 May

before you left

you gave me opera

shoved it

in my chest

and flew the coop

before you left i

gave you mamaw blanche’s

secret to fried chicken

you made it for your

un-lover

who re-remembered

why you

are so

you

now that you’ve left

i want to tell

you how

much my joints

love global warming

just to watch

you laugh

once

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