counting petechiae

i counted the dots under my eyes
like i counted my calories
purple and green and red specks
freckled over dark rings
off-coloured
i stretched the skin
under my eyes
stretched them until my eyes went dry
try to wipe them off,
scrape them under my nails
i just stared into the mirror
close enough that my lashes would
brush against the glass
cold water running like white noise
i counted the dots under my eyes
purple and green and red specks.

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