(22) THE BREAKUP MANIFESTO

the clammy eel-wet feel of disappointment

#notsureiffictionornot #poetryisalwaysfilednonfiction

WE MISTOLERATE YOU! THE THINGS YOU
PUT US THROUGH TASTE LIKE EQUAL PARTS
COUGH SYRUP AND PSYCHOLOGICAL WARFARE!
WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH, OUR BELLIES FULL TO
BURSTING WITH HACKNEYED APOLOGIES,
SLIGHTS OF NEGLECT, DEEP-SET LONGING!

WE FAIL TO SEE THE SENSE IN BEDDING DOWN
ANY LONGER WITH THAT WHICH WE DO NOT
TRUST! WE FAIL TO SEE THE SENSE OF RIDING
(THOUGH YOUR HIPS BE AS COMELY AS ANY)
A HORSE DEAD FROM THE BEGINNING! WE ARE
LIKE TO TRUST NONE AFTER YOU HAVE HAD
YOUR USE OF US, YOUR SORRY TALES OF NOT-
GOOD-ENOUGH SITTING IN OUR CRAWS LIKE
A FISHBONE WITH NO COMMON COURTESY!

HOWEVERMUCH YOU LINE YOUR EYES WITH
THE VERY NIGHT IS IMMATERIAL! HOWEVER
SWEET YOUR WORDS, YOUR SYCOPHANTIC
NATURE, THE BEGUILING TOUCH OF YOUR
SLEEVE! WE ARE GRANTED NO REPRIEVE
FROM THE CLAMMY EEL-WET FEEL OF YOUR
DISAPPOINTMENT!

ONE HAS TO LEARN. ONE NEEDS TO CLASP
THEMSELVES CLOSE IN ORDER NOT TO LOSE
THEIR WAY. ONE NEEDS TO LOSE YOU, AND
QUICKLY. THIS IS THE STRENGTH FOR WHICH
WE ARE WEEPING. THIS IS THE NIGHT FROM
WHICH WE MARCH.

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