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a knife between the fifth

rib and the sixth, below the lung,

beneath the diaphragm

near where the heart

sags, burdened

with a love it has no need for,

and a hate it wants no space for,

memory, finger-marking

the things you’ve learned

and what he taught.

 

Better in than out,

though

it hurts to unbutton

his name from

your skin, undo the map

his hands made of

your breasts, unfold him

from your chest

like he was a sheaf

of love poems

and lay

your grief to rest.

 

If you forget everything else,

remember this:

cut deep

 

and

 

he was never worth

missing.



Cassandra Khaw is a scriptwriter for Ubisoft Montreal. Her work can be found in places like F&SF, Lightspeed, and Tor.com. Her newest book—The Last Supper Before Ragnarokwas released on June 11.
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