Delivery of self

of this and other things like this
stop drinking smoking drinking
I called him, for it was Father’s Day
not for comfort or confrontation
wholly for the wear of the fragments

deadpan, we talked of the way
that I was contemplating suicide
would I be able to cope with
this and other things such as these?
talk to the lady

nothing unruly. gingerly,
as we had once in a blue talked before
as people must do, even on days
when we are mandated to call
teeth marks in leather
oblivious to the water press above.
he did not dispense I love you’s
only the thought that I should know
of all people (as I had the other times)
go to the lady

eventually the mind will kick back in

 

By Eleanor Jackson

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer, cyclist, writer, gal about town, feminist, freewheeler, and friend.

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