save this for a day when even the sunshine reminds you that all the stars are dead & one day you will be too

April 7, 2017

your shadow is skinnier than you  taller than you   her
heart has never been broken   she is not real   you are

 

smell old books   dress yourself in black   put lemon in
your water   & try not to choke
on things that are good for you   green tea & cantaloupe

 

put picasso prints on your wall   femme chouchée lisant
spend the day in your bed drinking bitter coffee
remember who loves you & who you love

 

continue playing dress-up   start with yellow taffeta
move onto dark lace   drink syrah from the bottle
don’t save the cork

 

the house you grew up in no longer exists    no one else
can cover up your memories of the wainscoting
with theirs

 

do not beg for adoration   learn to appreciate the starkness
you are not better than this place   you are this place

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