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How to Play the Game

Mood: Exhausted
Drinking: Water

How to Play the Game

Tell me what you want to hear.
Name the words
and I will release them to you
one by one.

I hold them hostage
only by accident.

But such an oversight proves fortuitous
on occasions like this
when the balance of power
shifts suddenly into my lap.

I watch you muddy your eyes
and plead for their lives
as if I hold them up against the killing wall,
gun barrel pressed to their cursive heads.

Negotiations commence.

I could tell you right now
that I l-o-v-e you or
pierce the heart of the matter
with a bullet
right through the “o”.

-Lo, who is not a great negotiator when she’s tired.

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