The strange man says

He would
Like to see

A before
And after
Picture
Of my body

“To make me
Feel better”

Like his
Approval
Is the
Present
I didn’t
Know I
Really
Needed.

My bed
Frame was
Misassembled
By a Predator

Who Looked
Just like A Good
Christian Man.

—-

I burned
My chest
Terribly

Drinking
Rosé in
Direct
Sunlight.

Even
The sun
Herself

Knows my
Lapse in
Flushing is
Unnatural.

—-

My Blood clots
Only come
Out When
They’re Good
And Ready.

All at Once
when I let go,

My torn
Cell Walls

Jump from
Our nest,
Membranes
wind-fallen

Like they
Were only
remade for
the moment.

—-

I left my
Wool rugs
Out on
The porch

And the
Sky transmuted
Them into
Handkerchiefs
For giants

I can now
Barely
Lift Alone.

I folded them
In on
Themselves,

And surely
Made it worse.

—-

The blue
Sparkly
Bath water

Swirled with
Prisms spiked
Of Cedar and

I didn’t want
To unalive
Myself
Anymore

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