on account of 1985

she tried to be everything he wanted
sunny smart sexy
always
in his esteem

feeling the mask slipping
she cried
knowing
over time loss misstep
the game was over

her hair
a hood about her
safety darkness cool
a sure thing

from every fear
of putting herself
out there
expanse air no railings

each sigh
that she imagined
would draw him near
pushing away the curtain

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