Warning.

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For Lissette 04.04.17

Warning

The
bathtub
is full / when
it spills over
it floods the room

A stranger’s apartment / they call it co-counseling and / discharge / discharge / discharge they say / and the 12-year-old boy inside me chuckles / until a woman laughs so hard it turns to tears / head thrown back, she shakes / the loop won’t leave my mind / it plays over and over / eyes open and closed

My notebook / full of his writing / the last of it / I shit on myself takes up one whole page / and though he’s gone / and though he’s gone / this one lives between the others as I race to fill the rest / and I am fine, this word I live by / until the thought creeps over the edges of my fine-ness and wonders what he might have looked like with a head full of white hair

The
bathtub
is full / when
it spills over
it floods the room

// it doesn’t take much.

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