Sage Enderton reads “Dear __________” for LIT CITY VOICES

Just Buffalo Literary Center proudly presents LIT CITY VOICES, a video poem series showcasing the voices and landscapes of Buffalo. Learn more at https://www.justbuffalo.org/. Filmed & edited by Kyle Marler of Flatsitter. Dear __________ by Sage Enderton I fear I…

Sage Enderton reads "Dear __________" for LIT CITY VOICES

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Just Buffalo Literary Center proudly presents LIT CITY VOICES, a video poem series showcasing the voices and landscapes of Buffalo. Learn more at https://www.justbuffalo.org/.

Filmed & edited by Kyle Marler of Flatsitter.

Dear __________
by Sage Enderton

I fear I waited too long to tell you of hurt, so long that there is no more pain left to spoon feed you. My bedside jar of water has run dry, and instead I have been filling it with

religious paraphernalia that fills me,

in turn,

with solace,

and you,

with longing.

Or maybe, it has filled me twice,

and I’ve forgotten that our red string has snapped into oblivion.

The lights don’t turn on anymore when I dance alone;

I leave them off so as not to see your shadow seeping into my floorboards

when I come too close.

How does the morning sunlight feel against

the ache

in your stomach? Use red vinegar to soothe the burn.

This place sounds like you,

vapid and forgettable.

You taught me how to drown out the noise, but

your voice is a horror film score and I think you may have taught me the wrong lesson.

I am a buckling knee and you have always been the asphalt.

Today I made a pair of earrings; a tiger and a deer. I modeled them after the two of us, but I will leave it up to you to pick which one you are –

I have already made my decision.

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