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Dwelling on a Dwelling


when you came knocking

there was no for lease sign on my front door

I had no vacancy

yet in you barged

a suitcase under each arm


and so I made a home

I let you stake a claim in my heart

sent out invitations

for a welcome party


little did I know

you brought empty cardboard boxes

and filled them

with the parts of me

I loved


suddenly there were cracks in our façade

bad enough

that you left in the night

those boxes

packed in the back of a moving van


you held the prime real estate

once

now I bar the windows

deadbolt my doors

I won't ever

let the hurt in again

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