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September 12, 2020

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Maybe one day our blood will thaw
Seagulls will pluck at feathers, dive underwater
The click-click-click-click will finally stand still

Everything’s maroon now. Is this thing in
My hand alive, bulbous? 
Maybe one day our blood will thaw.

When I was eight, I dragged butterfly carcasses
Across the lawn and filled the empty space with sand.
Then, the click-click had been afraid of me: it stood in a corner.

Liking cacti isn’t as deep or intrinsic as I thought it was.
The prick of a finger--  and despite the staleness, I gargle milk.
My blood didn’t thaw, but my eyes were red in the morning.

The dolls were sycophantic when the first vase
Crashed. I don’t quite remember the claw marks on glass, but
Oh well.
The click-click-click-click was louder than ever-- I 
covered my ears, plastic eyes lolled back in front of me.

I pet the goat exactly seven hours before I eat it. 
This ‘I’ is delirious, with hollowing vision. Quick!--
The poor creature’s blood has thawed;
Can you hear it? The click-click standing still?

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3 Comments
  • spurtsofdarkness

    'I pet the goat exactly seven hours before I eat it.' gave me chills. iconic


    3 months ago
  • Written wintermagic (#holidayvibes)

    SO great. I don't think I'll be able to get it out of my head.


    3 months ago
  • inanutshell

    oh hello capital letters. also "Liking cacti isn’t as deep or intrinsic as I thought it was." lmao same...

    also replying: thank you!! omg "if i believe you" is one of my favourite 1975 songs i'm so glad you love it too!! :))


    3 months ago