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unrequited abstinence


part 3


I am the long fall

married to the bits of nail

chewed from the tips

of your fingers and spit

into the sunlight

left like the wrong theme song

breathing in the exhaust of love’s hearse


you are the angel

left sitting at the end of the bar

after a long day spent

startling toothpicks into ski masks

and mistaking olives

for every goddamned reason

you might’ve ever had for

letting me go




love wakes up


love wakes up

like a bowling ball pitched

through the front window


of that old house where

your sadness used to live

rattling the old neighbors


into their bathrobes

standing on the front porch

they stare sharp across their brown yards

not knowing what to do




in a shit nightmare world

of tomorrow without you


in the future
I'm already drunk again
and two beers will cost

and the world is haunted
by vampire taxi cabs
downtown has been relocated
robots own fishing poles

death baits things
fish scream




One Second Chance


My shooting star

put down that gun

& come talk to me


Like people

not discharging firearms