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the phone is ringing, and i'm lonely
the ceiling is too lonely to swim through now.
do you see that crack?
i never have been able to pull my whispers away from it.
i pour when i try to sweep what is strange underneath the rug.
i pour when i see your books in my forest –
when did i go to school for missing strange friends?
my coffee mug is breaking everybody i love.
i cough spells that you have never been able to break into my drink.
maybe that’s why you still won’t smoke with me.
maybe that’s why i still won’t smoke with anyone.
there is wine in a freezer somewhere –
in a desert, maybe –
but who cares about the wine?
remember when it spilled from your pores?
i promise to try to forget the taste now,
because you deserve that much,
and you deserve record players telling you
about how much i will never hate you.
now that’ll be $56.
please pay me in cash.
forget what i owe you;
i don’t know how to cut off my hand from your vertebrae anyway.