your saliva tastes like
back-

wash from the bottom
of a Coke bottle

sweet with saccharin
/a sugar substitute/

&you'rejustso

black widow
b e a u t i f u l

with brucine on your tongue
and vermillion staining your lips

& i watch you drown yourself in snake venom as i take another shot from the counter

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you look so lovely
through an empty

shot glass.