taken on pre-owned

people you know

don’t know

I never really knew him

‘til one year into his recovery

had not realized how drunk he was

zoned out into the narcotics

& her I was with for two years

six months building that

eighteen months to get out

disentangle myself

sort out which

were my behaviours

which I’d taken on pre-owned

the silences happy times

she had

now labelled bi-polar

manic depression

like so many things

you need to know

you never find out about

until your time comes

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