Melissa, Withdrawn

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I told all the neighbors you were moving in
I bought fresh coffee and your favorite jams
When the telegraph came, I nearly went round the bend
It said
That you don’t love me anymore
You shot me like a cannonball
You’ve gone abroad to work with the poor
And you’re not moving in

I’d invested in the restraints for your bed
And the wallpaper for the parlor like you said
And I’d hidden all the bibles, I know you don’t like them
And then
I made your favorite lemon cake
Yes, your favorite lemon cake
In heart-shaped oven baking forms
I hate the way it tastes

The turtle you bought for me this Christmas past
Only stares at me from behind the rounded glass
I don’t know what to feed it and I’ve wished it dead
I don’t know what its name is
No I can’t recall the turtle’s name
You told me once when we made love
But I can’t remember it


from The Ammonia Chronicles, released January 1, 1998


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