A Metaphor for how Trash Day Reminds Me that I’ll Never Be Alone No Matter How Hard I Try

Paige Leland

Nostalgia

smells like chlorine and

diesel engines and melted

bomb pop palms.

Feels like a rug burn cutting skin.

Feels like how you loved

chocolate almonds and clover honey

and the moment after

getting revenge.

It tastes like pomegranate seeds

that burst bitter, while you struggle

to find the sweet

like maybe

it was never there

in the first place.


I wonder if you can smell it too—

if it sticks to your throat

like the ash of burnt marshmallows.


Does it feel like the time you asked

why I never put furniture

in my living room but always

hung paintings on the walls?


I wonder

do you remember

the cranberries and gas station vodka—

the way your fingers rubbed like chalk

between my thighs—

I know

you never asked to be there

but I’m still grateful for that night—




Nonfiction
Poetry

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A Metaphor for how Trash Day Reminds Me that I’ll Never Be Alone No Matter How Hard I Try
Paige Leland

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Fiction