Tell me the story of your pain and disappointment.
Every excruciating detail.
Tell it to me so slowly that it becomes something else in the telling.
Tell me in English, but feel free to throw in words from other languages from time to time so that you know I am paying attention when my eyes don’t cloud with misunderstanding.
Tell me how hurt you were when your mom said nothing.
Tell me how betrayed you felt when your best friend died, but kept on living and turned the rest of your friends against you.
Tell me everything. Now.
Tell me why you walk with that limp.
Tell me how you came about your hatred of people who cannot spell.
Describe hell from the inside out for me, again, slowly, slowly.
And if you won’t, tell me why you never tell me anything.
Tell me why I am a fool filled with guesses even though I know how much you get off on correcting me.
Tell me why I can’t fuck you.
Tell me why there are hardly any reasons left for anything.
Tell me why they say blood is blue even though it’s obviously red.
Tell me why people are like this.
Tell me why we are called people just like they are called people.
Tell me something that makes a difference.
And hey, listen, make sure it’s a really big difference.
Don’t fuck me on this.
Tell me there will be beaches in my future.
And ice cream.
Tell me everything I’ve ever forgotten.
Tell me my name.
Tell me my real name.
Say it slower.
Look at me harder.
Tell me I’m shit to God so it at least makes sense.
Tell me I’m going to be President.
Tell me I will be assassinated on my very first day in the White House so all that nervousness will have been for nothing.
Tell me a child could beat me up, but don’t beat me up.
Get me addicted to the idea of your approval.
Give it to me a few times. Then never again.
Tell me I want to fuck men but am too scared.
Dress me in a dress then beat me for wearing that dress.
Tell me I killed my brother in my sleep and that the police are just too dumb to piece what happened together.
Be the detective that does.
Tell me I am going to be 400 pounds by next week and that no-one will ever make eye contact with me again for the rest of my fat life.
Tell me karma is real and I will never get it and this is going to keep happening over and over and over and over again.
Tell me a lie more convincing than the truth.
Tell me my hair is made of licorice.
Tell me my eyes are really my balls.
Tell me I had a kid 20 years ago and that he is in the next room waiting to hug me and thank me for the life I gave him because he is getting married and is very, very happy.
Tell me I’ll never.
Tell me my teeth are not my teeth but the teeth of a third world child whose parents decided they wanted to eat that day.
Tell me my skin is titanium and that two years from now I will be given a brand-new heart. Then tell me you’re kidding and cut the sides of my mouth like the joker in the dark knight.
Hurt me until I feel nothing then continue to explore that nothing.
Break the rewind button on my old VCR.
Tell me I’m dead.
Tell me I’m dead and when I freak out, rub mint leaves on my temples and stroke my hair and then tell me you were just making a stupid joke, that I’m alive as summer in a douche commercial.
Tell me slowly then quickly, slowly then quickly, so I can laugh at the rhythm of your lips.
Make me a promise in the form of a statue.
Let birds shit on it.
Let frat boys pee on it.
Let it get hit by lightning and crack open and when that new, wet, disgusting mutation of me crawls out, fuck it, fuck him up too.
Let the biggest loser we know make fun of this.
Choke me just with your thumb and pinky to let the world see and know how weak I really am.
Giggle as I turn purple.
Remind me purple is for fags.
Tell me my father raping me was because I am sexy.
Tell me that that atrocity is now somehow good for my bowel movements.
Ah, make up a lot of scientific mumbo-jumbo, for which I am particularly prone.
Explain my sins in terms of time, weather, and place.
Tell me I matter to more people than I really do.
Tell me that I’m Japanese and that the reason I don’t have slanted eyes is because I was abducted at birth and given surgery so that I could enjoy the benefits of living here as an Aryan.
Call me Gook and Charlie and make gun shooting gestures at me.
Tell me that the Holocaust was a blast but Hitler should have finished the job.
Tell me about the evil already in me.
Tell me twice.
Tell me I’m a farmer living in Idaho and that my potatoes ain’t shit.
Tell me you know I’ve hired illegal workers and that the police are on their way.
Tell me every joint I ever smoked was dusted but that I was too stupid to realize it.
Tell me my ear is a sewer.
Tell me I look like John Travolta.
No, tell me I look like that kid from Mask.
Or the Elephant Man.
Tell me every woman that’s ever kissed me did so on a dare.
Tell me I’ll never get it up again.
If I do, laugh.
If I don’t, laugh.
Laugh at me like an old slave owner.
Tell me I should have been a woman.
Tell me I am.
Tell me I’m going to have my period for the rest of my life, uninterrupted.
Tell me I smell like iron.
Tell me if I have a baby she will be a slut too.
Tell me if I were in China I would have never been allowed to be born.
Tell me I don’t even deserve to cry.
Tell me the evil in me is a balloon and blow and blow and blow into my holes until I pop and the world becomes a really shitty place.
Tell me my mother has been paying my friends to be my friends for forty years.
Tell me you spit in my soup, came in my milk.
Yell at me like Adam must have Eve after you-know-what.
Like a bad big brother, make me hit myself over and over again.
Tell me Barry is dead.
And Lynn, and Erin.
Smear their blood on my stupid face and tell me it’s all my fault, that if I never loved them it wouldn’t have ever come to this.
Tell me in the voice I most recognize.
Tell me with intimacy, tenderness; like you think it’s turning me on.
Tell me on a crowded moving train so I can’t even scream.
Laugh as I swallow that scream.
Let your laughter be the last thing I hear before I pass out.