I’m No Good at Small Talk

My whole life, a series of love
spells I refuse to reverse,

bound forever to each and every
lover, infinite marriages spun

like DNA helices,
like cotton candy.

If I ever loved you
I still love you

and my god, can I love
like a boulder,

like a blade, the cascade
under a bridge people leap from.

Tell me — what is the worst thing
you have ever done?

I will hold it for you
for lifetimes, I will carry it in my jaws.

Nadyja von Ebers is a former high school teacher from Chicago who currently writes and makes independent films in Los Angeles.

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