emptiness with teeth

it’s emptiness with teeth, enlarging the nothing, eating everything hollow. you accepted a lift with the wrong kind of stranger, many years ago, and when you finally made it home in the dead of night all the lights were on and the front door yawned open and upstairs in their bedroom your parents slept in strange dreams from which you couldn’t wake them. now you sit alone in a house that’s never felt like a home and the lights are never bright enough for you to see what you’re doing and there’s food rotting in the buzzing refrigerator because you never want to eat but you’re always hungry, there’s nothing to fill the space that just grows ever vaster, the only thing that ever gets fed is the void, the emptiness with teeth

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