mind eraser

the muscles in her left calf twitched
in a uniform pulse
like the beat of his heart
(she couldn’t control that, either)
responses involuntary but
by no means compulsory
the past disappeared because
her eyes were tight shut
the big bang and dinosaurs and
the invention of the lightbulb
and his own (more recent) betrayal
all dissolved in a flash of
lightsweetnoise
and she sent up a prayer
thanking whoever
that a body could erase a mind.

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