Stevie Edwards

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Because I Could Not Belly Death

I wait. There is a charge—
the drooling pool of regret
stinks the morning into blue
flowered sheets and yes,
I am in it, rank breath
of a dog, a sore opened
bloody in my stomach.
Each bland soup spoonful
stings with life. I can't
rinse the revenants from
the gauzy summer blouse
of fifteen. It must be true
I was a slender goodbye
song. Who can write a song
about the living without
gazing at death? I have no
singing voice. Most days
I don't consider fifteen
years I tried to snuff out,
all that life—there's an art
to waking, to ...

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