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How About the Fire of Forgiveness

from Imagine a Fire You Can Wear As a Coat by Anthony Graytone by Mike Young

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Always give the cowboy directions
You never know when he might help you out
He’s kissing his boyfriend’s eyebrows
The night it doesn’t hang so much as drown

Always bake an extra potato
You never know who’s coughing up their lunch
When I carried you I wasn’t frightened
But when I put you down oh God I was

Sorry for the ashes in your bathtub
Sorry for the sherbet on your shoes
Sorry for the spider at your book club
Sorry I let go of your belt loops

How about the fire of forgiveness
How about we try to get too close
How about tonight calls up tomorrow
And argues that it doesn’t have to know

My favorite shade of memory is faded
Firefighters practicing on poles
My favorite shade of history is fuck it
These polar bears that I keep feeding coal

Sorry for the words with all their edges
Sorry for the tinsel on your floor
Sorry for the ice cube in my jacket
Sorry I don’t know what love is for

How about the fire of forgiveness
How about we try to get too close



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