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for girls with no game

i feel you.

it started on the playground
of course
dodgeball met your face
and that already loose baby tooth
unrooted, dropped
into your hand and you wondered
if you pricked the loose nerve end
with your nail bitten fingers
would the pulse of pain
strike you in your cheek?

in gym class
you count the dots
on the basketball
never try to dunk
and pass the ball whenever it is handed to you.

the first boy i loved
was a nimble six year old
with a toothless baby smile
and a name so silly
my mouth can not repeat it.
when he saw me with a basketball
he told me to throw it
and i told him
i’d counted 450 dots already
and wasn’t that cool?

it always goes that way.
he asks you for the salt
and you talk about salt mines
and salt flats
and the salt your mother
would throw over her shoulder
whenever daddy came home late.

you are gameless
and i feel you.

and sometimes, i think,
if i’d learned how to dribble
or understood strategy
i wouldn’t be playing hot potato with a phone
running through
all the different ways to say
Hello
but mean so much more than
Salutations
i want to say,
Boy the way you are is beautiful
Can you feel me?

i do not know
if gameless girls
like us
even talk like that.

and you think
Aight, aight
I got this
you say that he is nice
you smile softly enough
that even if he rejects you
you will be able to land
on the cushion of your own lips.

you are so nice
so good
so girl
and somewhere,
in a spot you cannot name,
in an undottable place,
you feel like that will not be enough

he tells you the same
that you are nice
so good
so easy
and already this is complicated.

his lips do the same,
you both are looking to
fall into safety

he recognizes
that you recognize
game ain’t shit you have in common
no one is playing
this is dangerous

you say
Skin is our largest organ
he says
I feel you

Solid.

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new year’s eve/new year’s day

You say if you could leave him

stranded on a day

in a past you both shared

you would. You would

leave him standing on

the Jersey Shore

sight lines set on sea

and you would

whisper to the waves

the caries of love that

carry you back to his

tongue.

And when he calls your name

the sea responds

wave, breaking

wave, breaking

wave

of all the words

you will speak

when you’re gone.

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between the door and here

And you’re telling me you love me but why did you leave me?

And you’re telling me you love me and you don’t want to leave me.

And you’re telling me you could love me but don’t know how to stay.

And you’re telling me you want to love me but can’t bring yourself to stay.

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The Habit

In a church yard, it started.

A friend, well acquainted with the breath of

adults, told you, you could have one.

Could inhale the little fire you were taught to fear.

 

You did not cough.

A cough would have revealed you as one

who dabbles in playthings, who could

be turned away, simply, by the vestiges of play.

 

It tasted harsh and hot

and as the thin cloud exited your mouth

your body went limp

dizzy falling dizzy

and you did not think that Earth could feel

this light.

 

Then time came.

And passed.

Time came and passed you into expensive

little red and white boxes. You

transitioned into a church yard of your own

with no figures to mark holy.

 

The night is considerably smaller now

extending the length of a tiled verandah

and behind the frame of a man walking

up the street, his hands trying to burrow

past the machine stitched seams of pants pockets.

 

The night is broken into breaks

of tip-toeing out and hoping not to be seen.

The stick you pull to your mouth is ladened

with lies —

straight eyed ‘no’s’

looking away from the woman behind the register

who attempts to hand you the receipt.

 

No, the paper will not be your undoing,

but you imagine it away anyway.

 

This smoke does not taste good;

has never tasted good

has never blinded loss into function.

It leaves you chasing the night, though —

a night that recedes into nothing when you leave it.