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Don’t be stoopid. It’s not me—

definitely you.

 

1.

Shush, now.

I know

break-ups are rough. Tough like

 

Rawhide.

Ever watch a dog chew on processed cow skin?

That shit’s indigestible; causes intestinal

swelling and diarrhea, etcetera.

 

Funny,

some relationships are (un)just

over-sized break-ups in-waiting,

glazed with meat flavoring for optimal taste.

 

2.

I used to lounge with you

outside in the summer dark.

Under the stars,

we’d swig bottles of Miller Lite

and inhale Marlboro tobacco;

two Alphas trying

to cancel each other out.

 

3.

Shush.

That’s a goddamned lie.

I

never had int’rest

in your use-less

competition.

Now you howl by yourself,

wondering

who will clean up your vomit.

 

It’s not me—

definitely you.

 

© Kindra M. Austin

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You are droplets of sunlight in the midst of a rainstorm,

reminding me

the Constant breathes for me

when I am drowning.

 

You are the Roar when my words won’t come—

speaking for me,

reminding me

I am never voiceless.

 

In this world disparaged by the Blight of divisiveness,

you are true Eden,

reverberating the vibrancy of the Righteous.

You remind me to love.

 

For you, I too, will be

Bender of Light,

Queen of this Jungle,

Garden of Peace.

I will remind you to love.

 

© Kindra M. Austin

(image: Richard Peters)

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I’m cruel—

too cool for school.

I don’t even want your lunch money—

happy to beat you up for free.

Besides, your heart has always been

nourishment enough for me.

Slice through the muscle like

you’re carving rare beef, and

serve it on the bone china I’d fashioned from your rib cage.

 

I’m sorry I think

when I drink

too much.

 

(image: Pinterest)

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You are love letters sent

Over landscapes and seas

Underneath the heavens—

 

Abounding

Radiance

Eclipses my obscurity—

 

Lo lamenting heart

O’ mine

Violence

Eviscerated by

Deliverance

 

My friends, I thank you all for the care and kindness, the prayers and good vibes; truly, every word of encouragement and sympathy sent has helped with the mending. You are proof of the power of human connection.

Peace and positivity,

K-Love