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his profile said
he wanted honesty & loyalty & long conversations over dinner with wine
but the tap of his fingers & twist of his lips & and the way he gripped her hips
told the tale authentically
bathed in the long ignored neon lights of the signs
he wanted
false positivity & respectability
politically
without comments on his incorrectness & she
would be hastily buried by the falling falsehoods
she fought against on her own dime
so here she lies
cuz the truths she spit
cut folx to shreds & the yard was littered
with debris & she
signed her name to the papers & begged
“please..remember me”

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Sumayyah Talibah

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. sumayyahsaidso.com

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