I know your secret pretty

little mantis shrimp

with your breathtaking display

of colorful diarrhea.

~

your smile is a duct tape

on your broken soul,

stitches weaving in and out

as the insides want to burst through.

~

green, or red, or pink and purple

not able to choose who you are

you become all that you can.

I know your secret mantis shrimp.

~

your laughter is a smothering

of silverex on your burnt heart,

and the smoke escapes

no matter how hard you try.

~

and the rock you crawl under for food

will crush you and your beauty

to death. But don’t worry –

I won’t let your secret out.

~~~

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