BLACK HOLE lauren bender

Have you an arch in each foot, yes. Have you
a science-class skeleton, yes. She doesn't know

you want to be loved or how. Asks, have you
a place inside you carry this. Regrets, you are

disembodied. She doesn't know how you were loved
in those first years, and neither do you. When

you try to remember, you get too creative. She
calls you darling, and then you do feel (tears)

in a place inside you. Have you somewhere you
can hide from your breaking point, yes. To

this day, you have cached all the chipped bits
of physical sadness, but somehow your brittle

body hints. You have. You are hiding some thing.

*Golden shovel: “You know you are loved when she tears you to bits, brittle thing.” – Iyawó