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I HAVE LET YOU

(previously published in   Snakeskin)

make me cruel
such an ugly word
steal heaven from my hand
I have let you

make me angry
such a comic casualty
water on a hot griddle
I sizzle and jump

make me pretend
surface shallow sad
puppet liar strung up
I sizzle and jump

make me respond
your touch is painful
insistently unavoidable
I memorize the moment

make me forget myself
such precarious passages
see you from my point of view
I memorize the moment

make me bitter
killing joy is dangerous work
shredding the evidence
I have let you.

      — Shann Palmer