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Tell me how it camexxx youxxx the zipperxxx me
racing through your teethxxx a shattered costume
on the groundxxx the crystal swinging
above my hand
Tell me how

youxxx the doughxxx minexx the hand
that pounded
and pounded soxxx you would neverxxx risexxx again

the meal
xxxxxwithout bread
xxxxxxxxxthe shoulder
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxwithout cloth

Tell me how it happenedxx youxxx the throat
mexxx the necklacexxx a perfect fit
but for the air
xxxxxand the gasps
xxxxxxxxxxwere words
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxas I shook you
xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxwith the question

Tell me
how it happenedxxx Historyxxx you gaspedxxx buried
amnesiacxxx your hand

I drank the winexxx the carpet
bloodyxxx I drank it

When they camexxx dressedxxx in all one clothxxx history
you gaspedxxx I xxxcan’t xxxbreathexxx your history

They heard it xxxShe fell I said
We drank wine
watched the risingxxx watersxxx from the window

She had a weaponxxx I saidxxx Of course
they said xxxShe fellxxx she wanted
to diexxx and the evening
is getting on

They left youxxx didn’t want to muddy
the carpet with their boots
that knew the rising waters

xxxxxthe clay ground yielding bones

You were the teeth
and the zipperxxx I ran through

I would be bulldozer
You would be home

I could not settle

The teethxx sang on
about breathxxx lifexxx history

The uniforms leftxxx the world drew
darkness to itselfxxx I had never seen
A splendid ebonyxxx lit with stars and voices

I lay down in the rising

xxxxxThe earth would flower

xxxxxxxxxxand I would be gone

I had momentsxxx to do a new thing
could not think of it

I was the teeth
in the ground thennxxx always
hungryxxx alwaysxx dreaming
to devour

But you told with your last breath
as the child watched
and became truth
and comfort
and power
rising undeniable
as the blood
soaking the white
shirt.