The three of us

after Olivia Snowdrop

Imagine us / sat around a fire / the three of us / with darkness nestled / between our shoulders / between the years.

Imagine aeroplane trails / above us / the impermanence of pollution / masquerading as clouds / the three of us / wishing we could float / and disappear.

Imagine us / tied together / our bloody hands / held in caress against each other’s faces / the three of us / knotted with sinew.

Imagine smoke / cigarette blue haloes / blown from mouth into mouth / the three of us / swallowing a nicotine stained past / then regurgitating the ocean.

Imagine us / as one / not three / a woman in acts / my salt flecked lips / catching and releasing / dandelions until I’m dead.

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