Poem of the Week: I Didn’t Want to be Good by L.G. Parker

just touched / “were you trying to kill yourself?” / I didn’t / have a mouth / to say/ I wasn’t / would be a lie / I thought / another mouth / could / fix it / she washed / my sheets / every / day / and bled / again / a rusting / stain / between us / still / a chore / a headache / a back black / as plum / bent over / the windowsill / have mercy / she took no / as foreplay / & ate / my yeast infection / karma is quick / & visitation hour / drags / on / I mean / to say / I bled / too / a washcloth / hangs / limp / as me / over a sink / & another she / is worried / any white walls / bed / sheets / thin / white / pillow / can become / Dominion Hospital / with someone / asking / if I’m hurt / I mean / to say / she touched me / like she knew / I didn’t / have / a mouth / to say / thank you.

*Originally published in Nepantla*

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