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Summer HeatSummer heat clenches her shame,
Sunlight aches her whole body,
She has it in her pocket.
Sweat runs like an itch for her name,
It shakes her awake to the same shame.
Planted health helps her
Bask in the heat, melting.
Day skies weep to keep
Her sick in the head.
Butterflies live in her stomach
Eating her alive.
Swallow the guilt one last time.
She hopes this is the last time.
She wants to breathe in sea-salt,
Waiting for water to waste her,
Weighing down as she walks.
But she makes it chlorine's fault,
Maybe she'll sleep faster in this salt.
Drenched air stains her pale
As she steps down, choking.
Chemical waves splash