Friday, 13 February 2015


Some girls get old
before they even leave school
put your face
and here
and hold still
because a suitcase
is doing the splits
these are mad times
to be fascinated by pictures
of a nervous system
'I like plants,' she said
'they let my brain rest'
in classic editions
where she made me
look how I am
someone must
be watching me
from upstairs
as I something like
something like that
should happen more often
sixteens who've never seen
the eyes roll back
or the mouth open before
the final shudder
and all I could do
was sing
as if enjoying
her look so young
with death
on the ground
at her feet
when I went back
the body had been removed
or maybe eaten


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