I heard of a girl who told

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I heard of a girl who told that she was haunted by her father
even when he was still alive
she was a Lesbian and lived in Berlin
back when you’d still capitalize Lesbian
like there was a homeland you’d visit some day
she’d let you know her father had more than one quirk

That man’s name goes in a drawer, was a thing he’d say

I heard she told that her father was unforgiving
unforgiving like God, that kind of unforgiving
I heard she was the kind who stayed careful always
not to allow love to overcome
respect for distance
and recognized that after all people, they are dangerous
even if they never act, even if they smile
and that you’ll never know everything wrong with the world

That man’s name goes in a drawer, her father would say

not to beat around the bush
I heard after her father pulled the trigger
they opened the drawer, sure enough it was full of names
I heard that was always the end of her story
but I believe it must have left her to wonder
what else that her father had said was going to come true

That man’s name goes in a drawer, that’s what he used to say

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Image: X-36 by Jana Napoli, published under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license. Yes, that’s the title, no, I don’t care what the label says.

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3 thoughts on “I heard of a girl who told

  1. ‘back when you’d still capitalize Lesbian
like it was still a homeland you’d visit some day’. I love this and the refrain. Great poem that just pulls you along with wanting to know what happens.

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