Spilled Milk

(should have) read that email
four times instead of three
(should have) taken out lies
four times instead of three
(should have) listened to the whip
(should have) known that already
(should have) walked twice as fast
worn twice as many shoes
(should have) listened to the whip
of shoes against concrete
cold and wet
the whip matches all of my shoes
sounds like rejection letters lost in the mail
hurdling back under my bedroom door
(should have) walked twice as far
gone backwards and forwards
at the same time

I hate to interrupt you
but the whip is louder than your voice

the whip is part of a balanced breakfast
looks like a a cereal commercial
sounds like milk splashing to floor
cracking its back
(should have) wiped it up twice as fast
(should have) seen the signs bubbling to the surface
white and filthy
(should have) left it there for four days instead of three
until it grew angry enough
to pull me out of bed
to make me chase it
to make me pin it down

(should) roll up the whip
(should) tie it in a milk-jug sailor’s knot
(should)(should)(should)
(should) interrupt you
(should) talk louder
(should) sleep enough
to make breakfast tomorrow

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