Perfume and Chewing gum

by Andrea Colton

The scent of perfume and chewing gum
hung heavy in her veins
Those quivering palms and shattered nails
flung her cracked hair
over the canyon of her shoulder
She pulled her quirky lips
into an unrelenting smile
{Her rising cheeks insinuating the sun rose
only for those painted bowls}

His stomach sank six feet
beneath his soles
-eyes clinging to fluttering inhibition-
His heartbeat danced circles around her
haunting little finger
and while discerning the shapes of
Thigh to
hip to
He was left...
Swollen lips on shrunken collar bone
A heavy hand on dusty, broken skin
Rotating lies around rotating ribs
A sweeping thickness of air that
Leapt through a break in her lips


Her blood receded into hollow bone
The flight of his calves
the scream of his torso
sailing through silence
He stepped back
Eyes flipped on the switch and
left him un-blind
To a hovering child
trying to pour herself
into the cracks in the floor boards....

Her tears bled through her marrow.
Esophagus that lit the room on fire
{Such a pretty dress to waste on
dirty feet and acid-drenched fingertips...}
The sun ran away
from those painted bowls of hers
...painted bowls that dug themselves into two shallow graves...

And she was left.
Still smelling of
perfume and chewing gum...


Author's Note: Blah.

Posted on 08/13/2010
Copyright © 2019 Andrea Colton

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Stephan Anstey on 08/13/10 at 07:09 PM

Not so blah really.

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