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Candy Reader Poetry: No One Stays Anymore
You'd knock on the door a hundred times and still no one answers.
PHOTO Sofia Andres | instagram.com/iamsofiaandres ART Clare Magno

How hopeless is it to hold on to
A hand that seemingly wants to let go
Fingers that almost slip away because
They're too tired, too heavy, too sad
All those words, those broken phrases
The hair falling over your eyes
The cut above your lip, the scars that you held onto

You're only allowed to have one
One sadness to hold on to
One happiness to think fondly of
Yet somehow you wish to have a hundred

A hundred other kisses that were never mine
A hundred places to visit
Without me waiting in an airport full of people
Holding a cheap cardboard sign with your name written in age-old lipstick
A hundred other people that don't have my messy hair
My dead eyes or the caffeine in my veins

You're only allowed to have one
But you wanted a hundred other rooms to stay in
Ones without the blurry windows
Or the creaky floors or the missing tile

You want nothing to do with those
You wanted a hundred other beds to sleep in
Ones without the faded overwashed sheets
Or the lumpy pillows with tear-stained covers

You wanted a hundred other houses
A hundred other sinks that didn't run out of water
Or showers that never turned cold
You wanted a hundred other doors to enter

But no one stays here anymore
The tenants have left and no one wishes to occupy
No one wants to rent
No one wants to stay for the night

Because no one stays here anymore
The last person who did
Wished a hundred times
For a hundred first chances to come back home

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