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i look—
the plated carcass
chicken breast starchy
entrails soaked gravy blood

take it in dishrag
in proper measure your pain
chlorine realism yellows
whites but leaves your stains
to remember

why did i have to see you
that way
dragged out of bed
    at midday

stringy face and
broken-out hair
even leaving me
a Judas kiss
“take care”

i looked—
your string was strung
out, christmas lights

part digested thoughts
with leftovers of you
unfinished by whatever
pill or man
last ate you

then i learned to
so calmy patient
my teacher

you looked—
staining me as i was wrung
and bitterly dry