you abandoned my soul

and never left my body alone

*

you were too close

even in absentia

*

I had been a child

in a man’s diseased mind

*

you told me I was brave

I believed every word

*

hands bleak

body shutdown

mouth unclean

broken bones

melting into my skin

*

ghostbreath steams upwards from the earth

and I feel I’m right there with them all

the ones attached to your feet

*

calling me to the car

calling me into the mud

calling me into the night

traffic lights, parking lots

*

Daddyends, Daddy ends

winterbody, holes in his body

death on their fingertips

I’m walking into the depths of their souls

hands on my back

pressure on my spine

am I walking

at all

I

by myself?

*

words in my mouth

basement

wine

look away

mad eyes

depraved

I compose myself

*

peck peck pecking

*

forest

gas pedal

out you go

done

exhumed

whispers

back of my head

Daddy hears it all

necklace around my throat

*

numbers on girls’ foreheads

teachermouth

adjectives I’d never heard

it all made sense

body dominant,

body exploitative,

body familiar,

coffinmouth

lap / head

wanting some

looks like it

hunter’s mind

sleepwalking girl

*

you

devastated

her

soul

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