melted shut

faces can be called mechanical

half the time our expressions come on a conveyor belt

your jaw is set and tight

your mouth a thin gap between two hard parts

and your words are the nuts and bolts

that created this idea of you

and your wiry hair

gave me a shock when I smoothed it on your forehead

I spent so much time

trying to put you together

but you’re melted shut

and I’m exhausted

from straining so hard to to pry you open

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