The Paper Anniversary (2)

by Nicole Callihan

Nicole Callihan

Paper gowns are not as soft as cloth gowns are not as soft
as dirt this insidious hurt and this and this and that

that and that and that a rat on the grave of a spouse
a mouse two mouses so mice so fuzzy dice

in a sky blue van I should’ve been a man and I wuz
and I wan and wane am as sane as a sanitary

napkin adhered to your big fat beautiful forehead
bring me your dead let them dance in my bed

let them swoon and spin and spin and tap tap

Last updated November 23, 2022