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In Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” one of the lyrics goes, “oh I’d rather feel something than nothing at all.” Well, then. Clearly, they’ve never felt the peace of feeling nothing at all because although not a pleasant experience, if you can get that numb, it’s something that one really would prefer at times, especially during breakups.

They need to get a little dead inside.

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Nails down to the quick
I’ve made them weak
with my neglect
I should have listened to the wives’ tales
I’m without talon to pick or perch
and it will take more time than I’ve got
to make them right again

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It doesn’t have to hurt

for me to like the feel

of shallow skin torn from deeper depths.

 

Not all cuticles run so deep

but removal

makes the edges of my being warm.

 

I might go to professionals

who tinker and snip

but I don’t wish for nails that are better kept.

 

I wish for jagged, uneven splits

to be savored and fantasized about

to be at climax torn.

there’s dirt and food under my nails

simply washing my hands doesn’t rid me of it

I have to painstakingly dig under each one

water purifying them

rinsing the grit away

as if.

SOB with me

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