In the Alley Behind the Drop-in

Beats being burned at the stake
Tina says of her ECT
and though it’s true that in our age
mad women are not witches
she has nonetheless
been turned to ash

but I need something, she says
(her dealer has an office in a hospital)
everything’s so somethingless and
I can still hear black

so, I cover her ears with my hands
—conjurations and orbits—I hear them too
and a voice saying, it won’t be pretty but
she’ll out last you all
she’ll out last you all
she’ll out last you all

by dm gillis

dmgillis100@gmail.com

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