Not Necrophilia

No more the Police’s “Don’t Stand
So Close to Me.” This AA Bondy song, “Mercy
Wheel,” will be our new
our song. Your obituary

says to donate to the American
Heart Association in lieu of flowers—but
you loved them.
Is it because you died

of a broken heart?
Is the reference to the American
Lung Association because the loss
left you unable to breathe?

Past lovers are just that—
in the past. To make love

in a Victorian novel does not require
removing clothes. Consummation
and closure are two different things
you forgot to explain—and now you’re gone.

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