I do not want to tell the truth.

I do not want to tell anyone that at this moment

I wish my measure of days were at an end.

.

I do not want to tell anyone

about the puppies I had to drown

when their mother had no milk and I had no money.

.

The truth is a wound

a devouring and huge flower opening at night

a cave in the soul into which everyone

descends, chained to each other.

The truth is sticking pins into someone

by speaking her anguish.

.

I hurry over frosted grass before it happens

and I reach my lair. I go down on all fours;

my kits are waiting for me and they latch on to my teats.

I am panting with fear and sorrow.

.

It is the truth that I drank this morning;

I thought it was clear and safe water, from a spring.

but shortly afterward I began howling out litanies

of absence, loss, hatred of the ragged broken woman

I have become

.

I would step outside myself and hold myself

under water if I could.

I would reopen veins I opened long ago

but I know I would run toward the house shouting help me

.

I prefer

to be that creature of the grass

who survives on moonlight

bone-thin, singing her heart out

letting everything that needs her drink her dry.

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