Vice
by Jessica Evans


you have me
clamped
pressed like a book
dressed for binding
stacked
borders________refined
corners________aligned

metal ground on metal gyre
honied
________glue
a fingertip along a
spine
all volition
suspended
a drowsy numbness
for now

you need not be
here
to operate the spindle
I know shared
virtue
brings true friendship
and shared
vice
true passion

you churn the press
two jaws a
screw
a lever

only moments will pass
before another
trial
another admission
another forgiving
another vexed
memory
and
______vice






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