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,
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Michelle Tea is an author, poet, activist and co-founder of the Sister Spit spoken word tour. Her works explore issues of race, class, feminism, queer culture and sex work. She also co-writes the weekly astrology column Double Team Psychic Dream.
Her publications include The Passionate Mistakes and Intricate Corruption of One Girl in America (1998), Rose of No Man's Land (2006), and The Beautiful: Collected Poems (2003). She has won a Lambda Literary Award and was Zale Writer-in-Residence at Tulane University. She lives in San Francisco.