Saturday, January 22, 2022

gay cancer by Danez Smith

gay cancer

                Melvin, Assanto, Essex, my Saint
              Laurent, Xtravaganza   House of
                  sissy & boosted silk     dirt throned
              with your too soon it grew
                                 in me too    blood’s gossip
              cum cussed        gifted to us
                  from us    yes    it grows by the day
              still    i’m sorry   we are still in the midst
              of ourselves  here   a pill for your grave
                   a door to our later years
              you deserved   o mother    o sweet unc
                  who we miss & never knew
                                                          is that you?
                  my wrist to my ear
                                              you’re here

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