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Dolly Lemke

Hands on my shoulders

 

You put your mouth

on my neck

 

While your sweatshirt

folded around my ear

 

You couldn’t know

how many times

I’ve said No

 

For example

that boy

who cut his arm

and said

 

Come quick

See how deep

 

I came to him

and we shared

a breath

 

-

 

After crossing the bridge 

 

You will love so deeply

the moon will all together

disappear

 

You will look forward 

to the blank evenings,

that’s a promise

 

Your bed sheets will be softer,

you think

 

You will ration your own medication

and you will accept how insincere

you never thought you could be

 

Those people on which

you choose to pass this misery

will not thank you

 

-

 

Better than the average sufferer

 

I’m not convinced

we won’t see each other again

 

If I got better at being better

you would know

why driving you home

is so very troubling

 

Still soft in the light

I’ve already forgotten

 

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