DOLLY LEMKE | POETRY

This is it and you know it

I don’t have to
leave the house today

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I’ll just keep the TV
on mute
in the background

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I don’t think
I’ll run out
of toilet paper

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I am silenced
by my thankfulness
that he didn’t
leave me

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Be normal and
water the damn plants

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When bad things happen
to sensitive people: a memoir

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I can say definitively
I am quite distracted
by my emotional paralysis

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Yell
Cry
Thank you
Repeat

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My therapist
thanked me
for coming in

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There’s that
gratitude again

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Don’t worry
I’ll keep making
payments

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Do that thing
where my presence
makes you feel bad

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In the eyes
a southern drawl
drowns like
honey child

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Be normal and
don’t let the toilet paper
run out

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If he doesn’t come home by Thursday

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Repeat
I do not want to give up
I do not give up
As of late, I have not given up

I won’t give up
unless it’s ok with you

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Dear dying moon
Dear blooming cherry
Dear barn window

Please grant permission

xoxo

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Enduring mental illness as
nagging complaint

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What an asshole

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I wish there were
other ways to say
I’m not worried if
my plane goes down

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Can it be funny
that that’s the only thing
I am not worried about

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You should be scared: a play
in syllabic verse

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I couldn’t possibly
admit more defeat than
I am nothing without you

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I will not leave
out of emotional precedent

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What’s the long game here

Dolly Lemke was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She currently lives and works in Chicago where she received an MFA in Poetry from Columbia College Chicago. She is the author of three chapbooks, O Town Heights (DoubleCross Press, 2012), I’m so into you (plumberries press, 2013), and Wyoming (dancing girl press, forthcoming 2018). She founded and co-curated of The Dollhouse Reading Series from 2011-2016 and also co-founded the online poetry journal PINWHEEL with Stephen Danos where she currently serves as Poetry Editor. You can find her online at dollylemke.tumblr.com.

2018-07-30T19:02:34+00:00