Gather, virgins, the rosebuds

brother’s wishes were held captive
in the condom that was our

1 cold bed
1 frequently out-of-order bath apartment.

mama stopped going to sleep and
started going to bed

daddy always looking for a job
usually seemed to work late

i really only ever watched them as
a documentarian of my own subject

you’d think you’d be able to actually
interview yourself by now.

there’s an empty frame on the dresser at this point
and none of us can remember what picture held it intact



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