I can erase a sentence in pencil

I can off sand from the pages

I can throw away the dead flowers

and wash the dirty sheets.


I can delete a mistake in a message

or pick up the underwear from the floor

clean up the mess in my bedroom

but not the mess in my head.


I can sweep up the broken glass

and bandage my burnt hand

I can throw away the evidence

and take out the trash again.


I can run to the cold blue mountain

leave tears by the river in prayer

write all of the boys who love me

I can even write you, too.


I can drink until my brain is wet

and cry to call upon Sleep

I can burn the cigar until it’s all gone

but how do I get rid of you?


I can’t delete the mistake I made.

I can’t erase your words.

I can’t blow you out of my dreams like dust

or throw you out like trash.


You are not as joyful as the blue mountain

Or beautiful like dead flowers

You have brought more pain

than the flames to my hand

So I will erase you,

with time.

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