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by Tina Wargo about a year ago in love poems
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on clothes and the people who wear them

Well, I’m here 

And you’re there 

But once, you were here with me 

When I moved into a small apartment

But you put all my clothes away

Where you are, I don’t know 

Now your home is somewhere new 

The place I left is a different planet now 

It’s where I slept in the back room 

Where I kept my clothes in the drawer like you asked 

It’s where I cried when I needed you to ask just a little more 

It’s where we sang it’s where we lied it’s where you taught me how to smoke 

It’s where I go when I need to feel like who I am 

But now it’s gone, or just you are

So what is left of that dear house?

Did our love seep into walls and leave a mark?

Or is that somewhere else where I can’t get to? 

And where do I daydream about when I close my eyes at night? 

And what do you remember about what we were? 

Am I bad? 

Were you good?

Have you scrubbed your life of me? 

And when you moved, did you throw away all my things?

Where are my jeans? Where are my shoes?

Do they fit me anymore? Did they ever?

I’ll go back. 

I want to. 

I can’t stay away from you. 

And when I’m there, I’ll sing softly, like we would. 

As a reminder as a denial as a lesson I have learned. 

I’ll leave who I am, and just a little more. 

You can keep it. Or not.

The house is there. 

It’s still upright. 

It hasn’t sunk or shattered yet. 

The door is there, but I’m not sure I can open it.

I never had a key, after all.

Then again, you didn't used to lock it.

I don't know what you do now.

So it’ll stay, in my mind, a place where joy was redefined. 

Where it was bad 

and it was good 

and it was full of me and you.

And where my clothes had drawers,

just not ones all for me.

love poems

About the author

Tina Wargo

Tina is a queer writer in Brooklyn, who uses Google mostly to image search 45-year-old women in suits, and Twitter mostly to report on her findings. She has a deep obsession with narrative, a CAROL tattoo, and, relatedly, a degree in film.

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