gagged and beaten
you grab the can of gasoline
even as you walk towards me with death by your side
you're so beautiful
the malice in your eyes softens
your rose petal lips part
i hold my breath for these words could be my last memory of my angel
"i love you"
the liquid from the can falls down on my body
saturating my ripped and dirty clothes
much as your words did
you turn your back revealing the smooth contours of your shoulder blades\
i blink the fire away from my eyes to take you in
all of you
i hear the match being struck
the weak flame touches my pant les and immediately catches
agony, fear, anger, grief
all leave my body in one breath
and with what seems to be my last one
i muster four godforsaken words
"i love you too"
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