dead girls


the tenth was a miscarriage,
                                             hold.
the second forgot how to eat,
    each
the third died of causes unknown,
         was
the eighth got stranded in a desert,
                                    take
the fourth saw time growing on her face,
             lost
the ninth served a life sentence behind icy bars,
                                         its
the seventh enjoyed a few too many partners inside her,
                              could
The first suffered delusional obsessions of being absolutely perfect,
and
the sixth gave in to compulsions that melted through her oxygen supply,
                         love
the fifth had an autoimmune disorder that attacked like locusts under skin,
                  before
The eleventh…

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