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2 Poems || Dillon J. Welch

When We Went to the Docks
How else to say this to you than “I left my car keys in your apartment, can I come back in?” Tell me this isn’t perdition at its finest. It’s you & me & us in the rain, singing rain rain go away, we would really rather you not exist. This is me existing. This is me in a raincoat & boots. This might be a metaphor for peeling, rubber pulled taut against the arches of my shoulders. Tell me we’ve left the curbside outside of your apartment. Tell me we’re back at the docks, the two of us floating ideas like dinghies. Look back over your shoulder at the frame you can see through your bay window. This is you looking back at an old memory of us. Tell me we’re still existing, somewhere in the rain. This is us on the street, we who watch water funnel into drainpipes, down & down it goes.
When We Watched a Censored Papa Roach Video
It was raining outside, as it is in most memories. Some constant broken valve above clouds, tepid spring water dripping from tree branches. I remember the video you can’t watch—two kids frowning in a kitchen, lazy floral pattern wallpaper laughing their sadness. I saw you tear up, your viscera suffocating, no breathing, I didn’t give a fuck if I cut
my hedges in the morning or at night. The headlights of my car trained straight onto bushes: this is catharsis. This is me with the mouse, clicking the red X in the top right corner. We will never watch this again. We will never see ourselves in those seats again. I tell you this now. I turn my head sideways & try to say it straight: We will be broken-valve-rain no more.
Dillon J. Welch is a writer from Southern New Hampshire. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gargoyle, PANK, Hobart, Red Lightbulbs & others. He has two chapbooks: “I Fall in Love with Every Attractive Woman I Meet” from NAP (May 2013) & “Domestic: A How-to Guide for Couples” from White Knuckle Press (forthcoming, July 2013). He is Poetry Co-Editor of the online quarterly, Swarm. Find him here: http://ratrapss.tumblr.com