ruminations 1920 1920 Paul Robert Mullen

the sculpted lines around your eyes
chiselled dimples            cavernous reminders
of something less than

maybe i pulled at your strings
too hard          smothered you with disregard
made you believe in things
i could never follow through
things like this:          me          you

i shunned the things my mother said
about love          about me
ripped girls like you from throat to chest
with nothing / everything but affection
gave them everything / nothing they’d crave without sincerity
isn’t that just like me?

tomorrow doesn’t exist,
you see

Header photograph © Darlene Anita Scott.

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