“Black Water”

A dark mess of intention,

an already-dug grave.

This was her lifeblood,

she had no one to save.

She was drowning in her own mouth.

Tongue-tied,

cast out.

Sin nipped at her elbows,

stained her handsome teeth.

She stepped on a songbird once,

his yellow throat caught beneath.

For him,

death had tasted like dried pineapple.

She buried him in the ocean,

her back to the chapel.

To her,

death was simple,

a palm full of sugar.

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