[Poem] Docile Reckoning

That last time that I checked in
Your English wit was tragically irradiated
Your force majeure femme-hooks aflame

What was that waitress' name, again,
the one with the purgatory laugh?
The one with the mandatory crucifix?

Our ugly gravities
Their peanut allergies
Their rogues' galleries
Their collapsed arteries

Their secondhand mother

It is implied that at one point
in our past
(or at least in my past)
we walked on salted wax

Under-eyes, and
Severed sighs,
Genetic lies,
Our first goodbyes

Our three-pound tumor romance

That old song you played
Made it abundantly clear.
I sold the car
And the gossip
And the meringue-day blues

And our uninvited doubles.

That attic
we killed
and hid the body

Someone found it
and all my old books
and creased pages
and private graffiti.

Someone is reading you now
Your palms
Your diaries
Your charmingly racist tarot

If you duck
and also are lucky
I'll put down even odds
You leave this town alive.

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