I catch the fall on my lips.
Jaw opens loud into the asphalt.
First the sound of plates breaking,
cringe of blood, teeth splinter
like a shattered cabinet of china.
You arrive to see me on a stiff bed
covered in towels, smaller,
jagged nerves exposed.
I cover my mouth with my hands.
I can only imagine how purple,
unkissable, the lips two oven mitts,
the teeth—just gone.
But you’re not screaming, your breath
makes the air in this half-room warmer.
Still I cry, mumble something
about taking prettiness for granted
as if pronouncing words will help.
Published in The Nervous Breakdown January 2012