Nonpareil (2007)

Today I realized I couldn’t live without you

Your absence took my breath
I exhaled a lung
It grazed my heart as I wretched
It tasted just like you
Sweet like clove cigarette smoke
Smoke that soaks—its spiced with fire

My lung traveled through tunnels—core to tongue
And left trails of sweet talks on my chin
It teetered then toppled right off the table
And landed just left of my toes

Labored I gasped
Labored I rasped your name
Where are you lungs?
Caged in your greedy chest— your chest
Where caramel and custard skin first met
Your chest— where my doting head lay to rest

Clot crusted coughs
Bloodied with loneliness
My chest: a chasm
Aching and now gaping
You’re gone— you’re gone

Your absence took my breath

Today I realized I couldn’t live without you

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