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The Merchant

The Merchant

A Poem by Amorette Duvannes
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It's funny that I'm an adult now and I've found my way back here after all these years. Someone very close to me took their own life last week.

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We are crawling from one day to the next

Our hooves hooked around each midnight

Each quadruple zero a bank of steady

Lynched, opera-hearted, beer-knuckled

Is how we operate our time.

 

Another offensive burgundy carpet,

The tables too high (my hooves will do the trick)

If a trickle-guzzle of gin and tonic were to trip

Down my sparkling spine,

I would not take offence.

 

And yet, it is not all embalmments or even,

Leaving the embalmment to the wind.

In the nectar of my heart, is a tiny twinge

Telling me to rest here, to unscrew my shoes and

Rest on your rest, wherever you rest, rest together

 

Here, we can sculpt new life

Like a dragon’s egg in an oceanic cave

Something totally unbeholden, present it to the world and

Prepare for their review: oh god. Oh god oh god oh god.

Christ.

 

There is nothing gorgeous to be found here,

And yet I think, with a matted blanket furled around my ears

I would much rather, be here, with you, and our dragon eggs

Disappointed by the grief of other people

Than without, for a million years.

© 2023 Amorette Duvannes


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Added on January 23, 2023
Last Updated on January 23, 2023
Tags: grief, suicide, mental health, death

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