symptomatic of a blank

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someone once told me that it was momentum

that made your body slide off the bed like that

just like a curled up bug you said

a girl left sideways in your head

bottled up like pixie dust they said in between your fingers and toes

i checked the shadows under your hangnails

i baptized your forehead with cracked dry lips

you fell asleep answering someone else's prayer

it was easier to pretend it was just momentum

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someone once told me that it was a monument

that made your hips stand proud like that

just like a fantasy love you said

a girl left laughing in your head

roll down the street like a tire they said over and under the antithesis

i checked the atoms in your eyes

i flattened the iron in your hands

you fell asleep answering someone else's prayer

it was hard to watch that snoring monument

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someone once told me that it was a reprieve

that made that clock slide forward like that

just like a quantum leap you said

a girl left shivering in your head

jump through her veins like a hurdle they said right through the cerebellum

i checked the pulse left a brush like fire

i ate the bite marks off your neck

you fell asleep answering someone else's prayer

it was a lie, a story; but it was a reprieve