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Old Flames

You’re done with these men. But they’ll never be done with you.

They come to you in the middle of the night, when you should be dreaming of fire trucks or rowboats, volcanoes or tsunamis.

Sometimes they stand in the shadows and watch your dream-self do dream-like things, like send an e-mail over a rotary phone or piss in a kitchen sink.

Other times they look right through your self, as if she were an invisible ghost that never deserved to exist.

But most times they slip into bed beside you and become the dream lovers they never were in real life.

You’re done with these men. So why, when you wake, does your body still ache for everything they were not?

     
  © Rita Ciresi, 2019

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