Why I Bought A New Tiara

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MITCHELL KING

 

Because it was on sale—because there was a party once and soon                                                      

there will be another—                                                                                                             

because the first time I heard that word it wasn’t meant for me—                                                      

the first time

I was at the movies with my dad 

if any of these fags touch you, tell me—like I heard my name for the first time//found

there was a wasp sleeping in my heart//—imagine a tree                                                    

hung heavy with dark and

stung fruit each one

                                                                                                                of us fat and round as a worry                      

stone                                                                 

reflective as an oil drop balling

our hands into

chrysanthemums—suddenly     

known