Honey, he says.
Honey, are you eating enough?
Honey, are you cutting yourself again?
Honey, are you doing your schoolwork?
Honey, he’s always calling me.
Honey, are you still talking to him?
Honey, why don’t you go to bed?
Honey, are you stealing your sister’s medicine again?
Honey, he says in that voice.
Honey, are you drinking a lot these days?
Honey, why don’t you schedule an appointment with your doctor?
Honey, can you calm down and talk to me?
I tell him to stop calling me honey unless he is asking
Honey, are you crying on the pavement again?
Honey, are your veins all falling out?
Honey, are you burning everything down?
Honey, is your heart pumping gasoline?
Honey, does the darkness climb inside of you at night?
Honey, honey, honey, like he’s forgotten my name.
Honey, he says,
I’m so glad you’re getting better.
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