12 O’Clock Trick by Wanda Coleman

bed

12 O’CLOCK TRICK

corners are longer
lonelier
beds, emptier
i fear sleeping alone
where there’s no one to
love me
time will pass
body to ghost
beauty to disease
years ago he said goodbye
men do not want
my need of sex plagues
and i shall dwell
in the house of the whore
forever

Poem taken from This Is Important, edited by F.A. Nettelbeck, 1980

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