the inevitable adheres me
to the stairs, each step affixes more
and I adjust the anchors of my shoes

my makeup attached to my face
the mirror binds my gaze
film noir camera bolted behind
(I didn’t know how strong a bond)

discordant tones brace me
for the next cheap catch

silhouettes connect & violently cohere

we read, couple, holding hands (glued
together) break up then get hitched

diamond encrusted stumps hold us prisoners

you hooked me once with your musk
enticing me to tie the knot

the waves latch over Virginia
cursing the bloody united never