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she says she never stole from me I left silver on the dresser

to see if she would bite she licked chapped lips descended the stair

her sister she looks away while I read the letters the letters

from jail rehab the halfway house down the shore

the tide it comes and it goes it doesn’t speak of anything though

when we talk I want to talk about music when we talk she only wants to talk about love

a heart and a heartbeat the same lesson twice or more likely more than twice

she says she never took anything from us when she stayed at our house

the saltwater in the air has the electricity humming like something alive

like mermaids singing I find the saddest song I can possibly find

I say steal this when we listen we only hear what we want to hear anyway

Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal GIGANTIC SEQUINS. Her poetry chapbook EFS & VEES is forthcoming from Hyacinth Girl Press July 2015. She’s moving south this summer to begin pursuing her PhD in English/Creative Writing at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Visit her online at kimberlyannsouthwick.com.