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November 28, 2017
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your name falls out of my mouth
                              like water,
synonymous with the rain.
                      your name—
I keep it in the back of my throat,
where it echoes for all eternity
like a tired orchestra,
                  your name—
I feel the power of it
when the world crashes in on itself,
I heard the same sounds when
the night caved in and we
caught the falling stars,
              your name—
it carries the weight of the world
in five letters,
it's chained to my tongue and it's
pressed up against my slippery shoulders,
(it pulls me to the ground,
so I swallow down—)
          your name—
and everything it stands for,
the sadness it drags and the
shattered smiles, they're all smeared into
       your name—
it falls out of my mouth like water,
like broken glass and cracked skin,
so I run my lips under the fountain of peace,
I spit you out of my heart one final time, and
   your name—
it drips out through my bruised body,
my hollow bones,
my silence-stained teeth, and
your name—
it comes out dry.

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