LOVE CAME INTO MY STORE, AND ROBBED ME

by Octavio González, Assistant Professor of English

his name is a word meaning forget me.
I awaken to its sound, half-dreaming,
adrift in a sea of unwashed linen.
 
              eyes and mouths
              burning with forgetting
 
eating your lips in fear, the love you called
my name was only kissing, I’m only
spitting, the taste metallic with tears,
so heavenly, having taken all
my wherewithal, a thief so clear
deserves respect without boundary.

so I become

austere, bombastic, eyes and mouth
burning with forgetting

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