'before / now' by Zenobia Frost | States of Poetry QLD - Series Two

\\ everything before was
fine \ sure \ orderly love
\ I recollect \ aisles of ex
in home-brand \ sober
\ procedural acts \ leg
by leg \ recipes for low-
fat sex \ clear-cut \ past
tense \ a lab report on
routine me-and-thems

\ but \\ oh // and then

/ emboss the date of I
and you / you effortless /
a looping tune / in fluent
cursive-fever / static skin
/ somewhere these hands
must start / or end / ask
them-upstairs who listen
in / a texture unconditional
/ sing a little more / sing //

Zenobia Frost

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