September 15 2012, 10:46pm

after
a single cigarette smoked, air crisping around our words
before
suitcases stuffed with all i carried here

one dance
so my body can take everything else

after
teeth chattering around bottle neck, offered
before
cellars of sweat, legs and arms spilling

one dance
to stall words like goodbye

before
leaning into moments of leaving
after
digging for rocks, a cement wall, pencil markings beneath my feet

one dance
to remember this aching

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