Alarm Clock

The alarm clock is green
the morning before betrayal
alarm clock is green
just like all the other
sticky mouths scrubbed clean
same nauseous blue bubble
singe of shampoo
in paper cut
the morning before betrayal
you fucked up your eyeliner
poured the milk before sniffing it
the morning before betrayal
sour as the rest

The alarm clock is green
screamed no matter
how memory kneads it
you call it minutemaid haven
peel back the corners
fold/unfold ’til it falls apart
pastry flaking
place to get back to
if you only could

The morning after betrayal
you’ll search barefoot & unblinking
for pushpin on the seat
but the alarm clock is green
is green
goes off
the same time as always

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