He Told Her All He Could Do Was Put Salt on the Stairs

It is hot
and it is oppressive and
her hurt

needs bathing.
What can he do that he hasn’t
already?

He can take
the salt to the stairs, he
tells her –

ascending being
all in the effort to care enough
if she does.

There were times
when he carried, both piggyback
and cradled,

but those
nightmares have been subsumed by a
long and

slowed reality.
Are wounded and wound an equivalence?
She is

wound round
this cycle of pain without a balm other
than their trying.

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