Eruption / Destruction / Evocation / Recreation | A Poem | Despite All Of Your Efforts

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And everything dissolved

Slowly

Achingly

Kisses on gravestones, butter

Lips dry on your skin

Enveloped

Lies across your face onto mine

Bodies revealing truths

Taking me aside
What a privilege

Solitude

Trust

Why

Too young

Too carefree

Unloading

You

Unloaded

Everything

Your knives in my hair

Masks protected me

You saw everything

Encircled

Hands

Formed

Shadows on my face.

Scum, you hid it,

In plain sight,

The traces,

I swallowed them,
Integrated you,

Bit by bit,

Dancing in a fire,

Shedding skin after skin after skin

Barely old enough to count

Your flaws

And crimes

And lies and salt in the name of love

Teaching me

What you learned,

Our bodies were supposed to be the same

Suffer the same things

And your shame

Your rage

Became my own

And I vanished

Found a little hellhole within me

You took over
My entire body

And nothing was ever good enough

And I grew old

As a child

Old as a daughter

Assembling all my children

That you wanted lost and never found,

And

Oh, I have found them all

And raised them against you.

You’ve made my bed and
I torched it to the ground.

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