a place of dust and moon shadows lived between us

Last Dance by Jacob McArthur of White Earth Tribal and Community College

Last Dance by Jacob McArthur of White Earth Tribal and Community College

your headbutt “um” eclipsed the place where i thought to stand and dumped chilled bone-sand over my words, grains ticking into my eyeballs a glass reflecting only you as your shadow hallow graced my face

even as i suffered the silence of my own mouth my toes beside yours on the floorboards of night your gemini reciprocities hung bloated between our throats as we raced toward golden arches; you ordered (a) new “us”

my tongue you caged behind these blackened teeth caving, castrated by your “um,” pinned against every dick-pic-in-words you drew puffs of brittle breath crusted your lips in ice

i flung gray matter, flick-flicking mawk from lungs clogged with you pitted me/i fought myself—tuck ‘n roll howled unnoticed within the cavern of this neglect you boxed me into emotional capitulation the price of a sausage McMuffin

your headbutt “um” eclipsed the place where i thought to stand even as i suffered the silence of my own mouth my tongue you caged behind these blackened teeth pitted me/i fought myself—tuck ‘n roll howled unnoticed within

a place of dust and moon shadows lived between us

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