spilling water from my back,
you call and i come.
that exhausted walk to reach you
breathless and no i didn’t run
to see you, i’ve been smoking
too much, same thing.
another awkward hug in the car
as my face smashes your cheek
that i can feel it leaving now
is the saddest, a beautiful eruption
you could have picked it off the tree
but you weren’t hungry.
feeling it dying away all day
much worse than the straining
against the leash, another gorgeous
thing that should not have happened,
Michelle Tea, "Oh God" from The Beautiful: Collected Poems. Copyright © 2004 by Michelle Tea. Reprinted by permission of Manic D Press.
Source: The Beautiful: Collected Poems (Manic D Press, 2004)