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Boneyard Waltz in the Form of Litany


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Boneyard Waltz in the Form of Litany
     by Sarah Myles Spencer

My father died on a Saturday and I silently wept.
Regret clinging to my shoulders as I silently wept.
I gave birth to my daughter and I silently wept.

I built a gingerbread mansion and silently wept.
I grabbed a fistful of my husband and silently wept.
Took deep breaths in a graveyard and silently wept.

A criminal stole my virginity and I silently wept.
I lived a year inside my blanket fort and silently wept.
A knot came to dwell in my throat and I silently wept.

Women everywhere being ravaged as I silently wept.
I could not vanish into thin air and I silently wept.
Saw my backbone being trampled as I silently wept.

My son told me he felt safe here and I silently wept.
So many women nursing their babies as I silently wept.
I dreamed my father's last moments and silently wept.

I heard my mother saying no, I wept and I wept.
The dead are not coming back here I silently wept.
She asked if she could touch my belly and I said no.

Inside my heart is a broken wedding I silently wept.
There is so much damn glass here, I wept and I wept.
Oh how I've questioned my sanity and silently wept.
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