A Kicked Pigeon

by Kendra Grant Malone


when we get together

we always

at some point


that first glass

of gin

you bought me

about four years

ago now

you always look

so guilty

and i enjoy that

i think we both


that you didn't

do this to me

but i did do this

to you

and i am so


i never told you

that week when i

came to stay

with you

in new york

and refuse to

sleep with you

that one day

while you were

at work

i accidentally

kicked a pigeon

to death

i felt almost

as bad

during the same


when you laid

your head in

my lap

to cry

and i made

you get up

because i

had to pee

past simple home