14 (eleven)

Eleven years later she comes to me

and remembers she said "in ten years."

I remember I said we'd never speak,

but two children since I've nothing to fear.

She tells me she has a story to tell,

about the dream I gave her, which she lived:

there was wealth, a poor girl and art to sell,

and a rich man, an artist and a shiv,

and an engine left running at LAX,

and leaving behind a new way to live.

She wears high leather boots and shakes with sex,

and decides that we'll write it as a script.

Will it be all right, she asks, with my wife?

She knows that it's something her boyfriend won't like.

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