IF ONLY

Perfection

is a stubble-tongued whore

who clacks her bedroom

slipper false-teeth

and twitches well-oiled hips

knowingly

you coulda done more

you shoulda done better

if only and if only

you’d sweated harder, never slept, tried again,

double-checked, revised, replaced

been worthy

deserved to be right

it would all have fallen

into place

by now.

~by Constance Menefee

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