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My Baby Shot Me Down

Emily Berry

‘That woman deserves her revenge,’


Faced with a mouth slit to the chin by some Mexican pimp,

we were shocked, but you were undeflected.


Girl, you completely rocked when you slammed your way

out of that early grave and didn’t even smash your hand up.


We know guns and knives are not-good in the Real World;

nor are Japanese schoolgirls dandling wrecking balls,


monochrome execution scenes, kung-fu knife fights

in Pasadena or any of this dollar-bill-cool Americana.


So what? You killed us the way you killed the one you loved -

gently touching with your fingertips, exploding hearts.


From The Rialto No 65 (Summer 2008)