You

You are unmarked
Refrigerated train cars.
You are the flipped light switch
With null return
And within the once dimly lit
Implement
You are broken filament.
You are the tide that
Tempts the shore with slow
Caress to leave it undressed
At the behest of siren Luna.
You are horror of slaughterhouse
Cattle chute, hammer,
The gore that comes after.
Joke veiled cruelty,
Disaster and aftermath,
An empty funeral pyre
Laughing in flames.

Defy

Hold me so
Entropy
Knows the eons
Must wait for
Our atoms to be
Relinquished
Once again
To their cosmic
Fates.
Hold me so
The decay
That breathes
Between us
Suffocates
If only for an
Instant.

Burn

Memories
Disinterred,
Propped up,
Stuffed with
Sawdust,
A crude facsimile.
You persist, though
I’ve ripped every stitch
And burned
You in effigy.
You exist as
Ash and smoke
Ash and smoke
To choke the
Hopeless.

Forget

A thousand times
You’ve gotten in
Through the skin
Decayed in
My veins,
Slowed the blood,
Strangled lungs,
Cut the oxygen,
Made me forget
The cruel slip
Of your tongue,
Your cold
Indifference