can you feel the electricity even now?
don’t come closer or i will burn your skin
with a smoke that will leave your eyes tearing up
long after i’ve left. there is this toxicity i carry
and i think you should know that everything i touch
becomes bitter. give me water and i will it into liquor.
your throat will thrum with vomit that you’ll leave
all over my bedsheets. i won’t wait for the slammed door.
i’ll exit through the window. i won’t say that i told you so,
but i’ll watch you from the fire escape. that upturned jacket collar,
the drawl of your walk, slow and steady, like a southern accent.
so sweet against my sight, i quickly close my eyes.