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Things I do to erase you

by EnMasse on April 19, 2012   |  FacebooktwitterTumblr

shock my heart
immersed in everything you are not
each slice of my soul pulls me farther apart
I paint my life with colors you despise
wear clothes and perfume you absolutely loathe
each day I scrape more scraps of you away
systematically excise your memory from every hidden crevice
and so, by my sheer diligence alone,
my heart has grown stone-cold
I have never been a creature so resolutely low
the fabric of my life frays
broken glass rains upon my blighted path
the sun has lost its daring glare
the moon can only stare dumbfounded
galaxies collapse, from intense toxic gas
memories singe the raw beneath my skin.

2/20/12, Paint


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