every one of them
formerly worn by someone
killed by another, or someone
who perished from
indirect action or inaction.
that don’t sound like yours
until one day they do and you spiral
into the center of a heap
of blood scraps.
Forgetting you’ve heard those names
until later; sitting in front of the news
feeling nothing because
those names don’t sound like yours
until they do again
and then you turn
it off, because you don’t
want to know, because
if you don’t know it didn’t happen.
In your sleep you are not hearing
names. In your sexing, feeding, walking,
working, voting, dancing,
you are not hearing those names.
is built on not hearing those names
even if they rhyme with yours.