perfect victim - anureet watta


May you never recover from the ways I ruin you,

and your head, always, stay ablaze from this harsh fairytale.


art by caitlin peck


Pardon me,

I hope to kill you, so ferociously,

you return as a ghost,

And we always touch on the cusp of unfinished business.


And there -

Let me hold you down like a promise.

Let me tell you about the revv of an engine, on its way to hell,

the violent flickering of a pyre trying to ash a soul.


Here, I let you borrow my ribs,

here, you run your hand over my veins, ask me, about my apparent thirst.


I swallow my tongue, I sharpen my knife

I fall for you and get hacked into pieces.


- anureet watta