Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle

The Gap

That summer
I was crunching
on your absence.
I worked at a dentist’s
twice a week
stacking rows of false teeth,
saying ‘We’re ready
for you now’ and
‘Spit into the sink’.
When I met someone
for the first time
I looked at
their mouth
instead of their eyes.
In my dreams
I saw: white light,
your figure on a cliff,
an abyss.
When I called,
my teeth would
fall and crumble.

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