Sestina: “Speak” (written after Josh Scogin)

DON’T STICK AROUND DON’T STICK AROUND AND WATCH IT DON’T STICK AROUND
And watch such clinging words
Fall into the floor for futile fit, they cannot fit
Stand in the doorway, turn your back, the lines are drawn
The sky sinks in regret before she picks up her cerulean skirts running
And snatches up disappointed the sun and stars

This relationship burns DISAPPOINTED I KNOW YOU ARE, DISAPPOINTED I KNOW YOU ARE
Flicked your tail and disappeared, didn’t stick around
Not steeled for regret, I jumped the gate and hit the leaves running
The yearn for such a simple word
Vanished you stand, a shoulder turn, crossing the asphalt draw
The night the lights the diagonal streets cannot fit

I CANNOT FIT INTO YOUR SKIN I CANNOT FIT INTO YOUR SKIN I CANNOT FIT INTO YOUR SKIN I CANNOT FIT
Ripping off veils to burn, disappointing raw skin you are
Stand naked, turn for him to draw
(For as long as you can) try to stick around
Love is such a vicious word
Barefoot weeping regrets, sighing on your porch rain running

THIS IS THE ONLY DANCE YOU’LL EVER REGRET, SO KEEP THE CAR RUNNING!
And run headlong into a space you cannot fit
Paste together each severing word
Brand each disappointing one into a different scar
Vomit up the memories that stick around
Stand separate, turn to ash in my hands, keep the curtains drawn

STAND IN LINE, TURN AND DRAW! STAND IN LINE, TURN AND DRAW!
Should we keep the regret circling with the night track running
God, don’t stick around and watch it, don’t stick around
I cannot fit forgiveness this forgiving skin I cannot fit
Under disappointed cavernous clouds that swallow the stars
Absolution is such a blood-stained word

VICTORY IS SUCH A LONELY WORD – VICTORY IS SUCH A LONELY WORD
Stand aching, and turn from the picture drawn
Disappointed train track stitches scars
Remember to regret this dance but just keep running
Betray yourself if you want to stick around
We cannot fit, remove us both from blame, we cannot fit

Leave such words to the regret running
Stand shaking, turn and draw, refuse the gowns that cannot fit
Disappointment knows who we are, don’t stick around and watch her anymore, don’t stick around and watch her anymore, don’t stick around

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