redial

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first new message:

6. had i known your hands were wrenches
crafted to crack bone
i want to say i would have locked my chest–
but we both know i enjoyed the sensation
of your fingers fumbling for the key,
and cracked ribs don’t hurt so much after time.
i only wish you had left me the fragments to examine;
you’re the only one who knows now what i’m made of.

-beep-

night warmth is like satin in this wide land
and the first pull reminds me of the infant suckling
of hesitant lips on heaving flesh.
i can almost taste the cancer coming with you.

7. we plotted self-destruction for the sake of self-esteem.
we changed our minds when the seasons shifted
but i keep the blueprints beneath my tongue–
just in case.

-beep-

my breath is the new gale force wind.
if i exhale forcefully enough, i could generate the westermarck effect;
luckily i fear my own strength too greatly to try.
i take my oxygen in infinitesimal increments instead
to protect indochina; i am ever the hero.

8. ask me again to bend letters
into the shape of you, and i will tell you:
i neglect to take up the task not because you lack visibility,
but because you lack substance.
you were trained to be a shadow,
but you seem to have lost your peter pan.

-beep-

suicide shouldn’t taste this good–
it should not send such sweet shivers up spinal columns.
i could be an earthquake before long,
but i can taste embers now and the box is empty.
damn it.

9. i swallowed cancer and consciousness
till i was large enough for you to see me.
i starved away my essence
till i was small enough for you to hold me.
i waited for your move,
but you lost interest in the game.

-beep-

am i an addict yet?

10. if you think that i’ll let you go…

you’re out of your mind.

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