Owning Something Small

TAKE ME, I’M MINE

All I want for in a loved one is humility and obedience.
I want to claim ownership of something small
and make it fight for me.

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THE DAY AFTER THE ACCIDENT

she limped home carrying herself
and a net of tangerines.
She stopped by the bakery for a slice of cake
and when she got home,
she unwrapped it and bit down
as if nothing had ever happened.

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GOOD WITH ANIMALS

You can tell a person loves cats from the scratches on their arms.
When I was younger and had cancer the doctors thought I had cat scratch fever.
They could not tell a dying girl from an adoring one.

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