it was in the morning when i
realized i’d made a mistake
meant to drown my troubles
in my tub
full of gin but
woke up with chocolate icing
on the tip of my chin
swallowed all the hatred
rather than drank away the pain
but the papers are still waiting
and nothing has changed
there’s a vacancy
in my bed
in my heart
and the spare keys taunt me from their hook

Sumayyah Talibah © 7 September 2017


Sumayyah Talibah lives in Michigan with her husband, kids, cats, and piles of books. She makes jewelry and sips tea in between reading and reviewing anything with words.

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