don’t ask then – by Renuka Mendis

don’t
breathe down my neck
instead
sit here
first
hold my hand
bring me tea and rose water

ask
where it hurts
which part of heart
which knuckle
at which street fight buckled
if it bled
and always bring me tea
and rose water
sit here
first

then
look at the trees
you’ll hear the birds
the sky will smile
and i will spill
everything i held
corked up
in a musty old bottle.

Renuka Mendis – July 4, 2015, Toronto

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