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  • Lena Drake

Look, before

Updated: Nov 8, 2022

I used to find you funny.

You’re thinner now,

like each year has eaten

the pieces of your insides

that used to make me laugh.

I used to look for you,

as though I’d find myself

in the blacks of your eyes.

I used to think you were

smarter than me.

The time between then

and now has taught me a lot.

Like you’re an asshole and

assholes belong in butts,

or cold places.

I belong in warm places,

where the boundaries melt

into blue and white,

where I don’t need

the blacks of your eyes

to see myself.

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