PURGING

The day before I exit your life
For good…for the last time…
I get sick, extremely sick
Body wracked in pain and ache
Leaving me first thinking, no,
This must be some mistake,
Not now, not when I have boxes to haul,
Furniture to carry.
I fight it at first,
But then I realize,
It’s the breaking point,
My body is ready to reannoint itself,
But first it must purge itself of you.
Purge itself of the twisted thoughts
the complications
Manipulations
And the selfish meanness.
No, no, no. This is no coincidence,
This is throwing shit out,
Back over the fence of my body’s yard,
Emotional spring cleaning,
Meaning that after this is done
My ground is completely ploughed,
Furrowed and ready to plant and grow
In completely new ways,
And the only evidence of you,
The years, the trouble, the toil,
Will be buried there,
Deep under the soil,
Or left to wither in the sun,
Spoiled,
Undone.

3 thoughts on “PURGING

  1. Jesus, Ken. This is beautiful and dark. I love the image of throwing shit out over the fence of your body’s backyard. That’s what breaking up feels like. Like purging your life of all the baggage you’d accumulated, emotional and otherwise.

English, motherfucker, do you speak it? J/K - it's ok if you don't.

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