Dark Shadows, Edge of Night

No because then why
when lives are sad
and lived in the silence of
not being able to tell something
even when the body is exposed
every day for cameras
and the press
but then why the death
the ’80s death
when now it might only have been
pills every day, a chronic illness —
and who doesn’t have one of those,
if you live long enough?
Oh, Mother, I’m only practicing my acting,
he said
when he was 6 years old or 7
sobbing in the bathroom
looking in the mirror



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