there was a time
not largely discussed
when a partner pushed his girl
into a room
on the second floor
and barred the door

and there were windows but it didn’t seem necessary
to jump
it made more sense to drink the water from the bathroom
eat the food she brought from work
yesterday

but it turned into eating the food she brought from work
two days ago

three days ago

there wasn’t a phone

his dogs cried at the door

and she crawled into the bathtub with the circular curtain,
filled it with water hot enough
to make the cold ceramic steam
and she took the showerhead attached with a hose to the wall
into her mouth
to cry and to try
to fill her stomach
with warm water

to try and wait

past the point of hunger

 

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