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Published: October 14, 2018
fistfights rolling
in her mouth
indiscriminate
and knock-out,
slap the bruises purple
lavender and nightshade
tucked beneath the pillow,
polyester sheath;
grudges bloom
where love sleeps
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from here to florida
what an obituary can’t say: i. an exact count of all the pink flamingos in the house, down to the printed shower curtain and the ones we pulled up from the lawn back when grandma died ii. a score of novelty coffee cups hung on pegs in the kitchen, an impromptu record of birthday gifts, road trips, snarky personal commentary iii. every grandkid had a figurine above the TV set - i guess we never got around to changing mine, it’s unimportant now iv. the summer i sliced my foot on the bottom of your stucco pool, you and uncle bob patched me up in a balmy backyard faux triage v. terrified, the adopted cat would hide
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paint-thinner fingers
remember when I was the size of a pea? you were a sunbeam dancing on my mother’s teeth. waiting for me to kick but feeling my heartbeat instead. I made mother swell with joy. never pride. you, I don’t remember ever holding with the right number of fingers. always slipping— in & out of a ribcage alienating the heart. we were never close but you let me fly with broken wings & wondered why I never quite came home. I think home disappeared when it stops being a single line away. I grew like redwood broken & bruised, but sweeter for it. away from the nest I was diligently thrown far from. you are not home, father. I outgrew y
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warm
i. we are newfangled, ii. a love poem in a papier-mâché language with dense, archaic phrasing lost and found iii. we are electric lyres, neon lights in the temples; there is a certain divinity in the beckoning, in the reckoning iv. a slow regard in the fast lane v. and while some spaces may always be ancient, we take pleasure in the confounding, in the small resistance that is living as we are
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f
from here to florida
what an obituary can’t say: i. an exact count of all the pink flamingos in the house, down to the printed shower curtain and the ones we pulled up from the lawn back when grandma died ii. a score of novelty coffee cups hung on pegs in the kitchen, an impromptu record of birthday gifts, road trips, snarky personal commentary iii. every grandkid had a figurine above the TV set - i guess we never got around to changing mine, it’s unimportant now iv. the summer i sliced my foot on the bottom of your stucco pool, you and uncle bob patched me up in a balmy backyard faux triage v. terrified, the adopted cat would hide
p
paint-thinner fingers
remember when I was the size of a pea? you were a sunbeam dancing on my mother’s teeth. waiting for me to kick but feeling my heartbeat instead. I made mother swell with joy. never pride. you, I don’t remember ever holding with the right number of fingers. always slipping— in & out of a ribcage alienating the heart. we were never close but you let me fly with broken wings & wondered why I never quite came home. I think home disappeared when it stops being a single line away. I grew like redwood broken & bruised, but sweeter for it. away from the nest I was diligently thrown far from. you are not home, father. I outgrew y
w
warm
i. we are newfangled, ii. a love poem in a papier-mâché language with dense, archaic phrasing lost and found iii. we are electric lyres, neon lights in the temples; there is a certain divinity in the beckoning, in the reckoning iv. a slow regard in the fast lane v. and while some spaces may always be ancient, we take pleasure in the confounding, in the small resistance that is living as we are
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Nullibicity|Hobbyist Writer
That last line. Ugh. Bunny Emoji-73 (Tears) [V4] 
By the universal law of siblingship, I now get to hit you back. 
I'm undercaffeinated. I really like this. 
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:catfight:  
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PoetsHand's avatar
I want to say how much I like this. The title caught my eye, and the way the lines read are very well done!
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I am super late in replying, but thank you! 
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oof

this is well crafted
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This is so overdue, but thank you!
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