Dylan

dylan who doesn’t drink or smoke

with good grades, hair lopped short of an inch

 

wouldn’t be caught dead out past 12

driving 90 on the interstate

 

taught to love the smell of blood by age 5

dylan hunts with his dad on weekends

 

his favorite color has no name because

“names are for blaming and calling out”

 

dylan named after his dad’s dead dog

 

dylan who goes straight home after school

who was born with a bruise beneath his rib cage

 

dylan with no keys, no license,

no car in the driveway at 1

 

dylan like a dog who can’t even hunt

 

dylan out past 12 with a gun and a bottle on a saturday night

without a name, without a note

 

the smell of blood

 

by exit 55

blue eyes, bruises on his body

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