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by lauren hilger



I left every room for it

I’ll move the room to me


I’ll move the rose to face

you wait at the foot of that door


take off my hoops when it opens

why was I afraid of the words


why to read the message

I slammed my hand over your mouth


time refilling

occasion for no speech


but the illusion of forever

chills the base of my throat


like some lemon bite too sharp

unless you like big numbers


daytime shapes up cool white and blue not

regal enough for you


the idea of logging off is done

this quiet comes around


my fist closed in a silent film

I tried to tell you


but the story stays here

all in my mouth my hands


wind over the ocean

fire on the sand


I’m not going to hurt you

I stamp my signet ring into wax

Lauren Hilger is the author of Lady Be Good (CCM, 2016.) Named a Nadya Aisenberg Fellow in poetry from the MacDowell Colony, she has also received fellowships from the Hambidge Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in BOMB, Harvard Review online, Kenyon Review online, Pleiades, The Threepenny Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.

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