You’re not here

it started when all three of us were asleep

you left because my dog started growling

at something we couldn’t see and i rose up

out of bed and stood by the kitchen screaming

 

you were mad at me. and you’ve come to see

when something catches my spine and twists

the cord away to gaze out the window

for hours on end instead of participating

that’s when you have come to leave.

 

someone says, “You are worth it

to stand up straighter than your posture.”

it’s someone who doesn’t know me

and my history with scoliosis.

you know it, but you don’t counter

her  words of encouragement.

you know it, but you leave

when i am at my most

hunched over

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