Kiss rhymes with what I hear
when I close my eyes
on the coldest of Minnesota
Desperate for a palate cleanser
to remove the ultimately bitter taste
left in my mouth from slipping
too deeply into a euphoric recall coma,
I make a pact with myself.
I’m going to play his music
all day long.
His—not his, or his, or his, or.
Into those wee hours I used to rule
in little black dresses and torn
fishnet tights and voracious vixen
lipstick (remember lipstick?).
Into those wee hours
where I rarely go now,
it’s not all dancing in your sleep.
Another train rattles us awake.
This incurable condition.
Limbs can be so confusing—
I should know.
I’m in good hands today.
Note: The title comes from a line in Verbena’s song “Song That Ended Your Career,” written by A.A. Bondy