bench press.

i see the barbell above me
i’ve benched this before.
but i hear my ears
ringing,
“let it be too much”

would it make a cracking noise
when it fell?
or would the soft crunch
of ribs and clavicle
lungs and liver, spleen and stomach
would it merely
resemble a passer-by on the gravel?

i long for collapse.
i long for silence.
the heavy blanket
darkens,
“let it be too much.”

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