I forget the rest.
Strangers are catching me smile / the pain is sweet and distracting.
I’ve been watching your reflection in cloudy places.
Shadowy gesture and parted lips.
I apologize in advance.
His gestures will be fast uneven or nonexistent ghost
still warm / we love our sadness
there is empty
I set myself on fire/ you didn’t look at me hard enough.
hold this flame in your mouth / for me to swallow / colors / yellow / orange / royal blue /
your pain ((shadows we confess to be.)
Go into the fire
I’m sorry you don’t belong
to me / stop / Listen.
lie to survive / this is the answer.
Turn me over for the question
try walking on the balls
of your feet / walk faster / walk on the left /
quick, make sharp turns
now do you understand?
Can you teach me?
Do you really know?
Walk with me silently into the night.
I can see my flesh now.