his perfume
cigarettes and vanilla
was permanently embedded
within
the layers
of her
skin.

she never asked for this
she only wanted to be a ballerina
and spin her life away.

her mother would
say that
it was all
her
fault.

her lipstick was too red
and she leaned forward too much
and she was never good wife material
to begin with.

but it was perfectly fine

yes if she is to survive this
she must be perfectly blase
about the whole situation

perfectly fine indeed.

after all
they had
both called
for a
shotgun
wedding.