II. KEPT

caino
          

Is not sin at the door like a
crouching beast hungering
for you?
— Genesis 4:8

As we walked from
the meeting place,

I began to ask if
he loved me enough

to take care
of me always,

just as
his knife

opened my throat
and my life

sprinkled the earth
like fresh tears.

[For Nicole Brown]

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