revised version of “false”
my soul is a dingy, unlovable lump—I know because mommy tells me
and mommy is God, if I disobey fire will spread and ash me out
I’ll eat only when she serves attention
I make believe I’m loved
put on grand productions in my head—reviews label my scenes tragic
but if I can just smile wide and laugh loud enough to fool my audience
I can trick myself into believing too, then I can hide forever
I beg forgiveness but my parts are mute
I abandoned us here to rot a long time ago, chopped of our needs
sacrificed my own self for a light, wisp of attention, a puny hope of a fix
for my disparate soul, an emaciated love
I forgot myself
how can I possibly let that go?
how can I possibly not?