lover, listen: by s.b.h. published on 2016-08-07T22:39:42Z This poem appeared in the August 2016 issue of Before I Leave zine: http://www.beforeileavezine.com/#!lover-listen-by-shana-bulhan-haydock/c1wqv Transcript: lover, listen: I let the “real” cat catch the mouse. I held onto some vague hope you would devour raspberries off my still-trodden frame. You were the snow devoid of footprints, the still-shaking aftermath I would then reveal, all curtains awry, spangles and shame cast to wood: dust, fragment, melancholy, retroactive shine. My song, my lover, my ankles turned inward. I still whisper when you don’t text me back. I still manipulate these sneaking crumbs of earwax and snot. Be the Q-tip that finds that deepest itch. I am pulling hairs out. I am pulling skin apart. This perpetuated scab. Sometimes you just have to scream down slides. Be the red coat. Be the red scarf. Be the red beret. Love me anyway, microscopes be damned.