The Cost of Nevermind


The Cost of Nevermind

  1. Camel Lights, one pack per day
  2. lighters
  3. cabinet door with head-shaped dent
  4. Band-Aids
  5. 12 years
  6. gas to get away
  7. 409 all-purpose cleaner
  8. Valium, not prescribed
  9. gas to come back, tail between legs
  10. cell phone over-usage minutes
  11. police officer’s hourly wages
  12. hair cut, to make him happy
  13. eye shadow
  14. birth control, to make him happy
  15. Kleenex
  16. an afternoon to move cabinet with head-shaped dent outside
  17. loose-fitting pajamas to wear when he is not around
  18. headphones to wear when he is around
  19. Neosporin
  20. 1 copy of Our Bodies, Ourselves, mailed and never opened
  21. pawned wedding rings for monetary, not emotional purposes
  22. 12 years’ effort feigning happiness
  23. scarf to cover finger-shaped bruises
  24. advocate volunteer hours
  25. dead skin cells flaking from finger-shaped bruises
  26. trash bags
  27. hair dye, to make him happy
  28. wash, rinse, repeat
  29. 3 closed negative bank accounts
  30. She finds herself at 30, hoping there is nothing else to lose
  31. another year
  32. Wash. Rinse. Repeat.

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    Mindy said,

    Raw, edgy, and chilled me to the bone. Clever usage of words to describe an abusive relationship. love, mom

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