The Death of Everything

I forgot to take a knee
though I still knelt all the same
instead of asking for you
I gave it all away

My father’s father’s curses
and the fight for loss and name
my sins, untelling to you,
you found it anyway

My mother left, so did you
can I blame you anyway?
“A crutch” came out, within you
the death of everything

My brother cried, I did too
and he loves me all the same
once bone and flesh and sinew
in dirt and earth we lay

 

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