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Burn from Hamilton

Chosen by Aoibhinn Gilgunn

I saved every letter you wrote me.

From the moment I read them,

I knew you were mine,

You said you said you were mine,

I thought you were mine....


Do you know what Angelica said when we saw your first letter arrive she said...

"Be careful with that one love he will do what it takes to survive"


You and your words flooded my senses,

Your sentences left me defenceless.

You built palaces out of paragraphs,

You built cathedrals.


When rereading the letters you wrote me,

I'm searching and scanning for answers in every line, for some kind of sign of when you were mine.


You published the letters she wrote you,

You told the whole world how you brought this girl into our bed,

In clearing your name you have ruined our lives.


Do you know what Angelica said when she read what you done,she said

"You have married an Icarus who has flown too close to the sun"


You and your words obsessed with your legacy .

Your sentences border on senseless.

You are paranoid in every paragraph,

How they deseve you.


I'm erasing myself from the narrative,

Let future historians wonder how 'Eliza' reacted when you broke her heart,

You have torn it all apart ,

I'm watching it burn.


The world has no right to my heart,

The world has no place in our bed,

They don't get to know what I said.

I'm burning the memories,

Burning the letters that might have redeemed you.


You forfeit all rights to my heart,

You forfeit the place in our bed,

You sleep in your office instead.

With only the memories of when you were mine....


I hope that you burn.

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