“I cannot forget.”
“The last time you were drowning,
they came to see to you after school.”
“‘Take a deep breath in,’ their voice echoes
from a speaker above your head, ‘and out.’
When was the last time you were able to breathe deeply?”
“I’ve typed half an email to you
a dozen times, desperate
as a maple reaching over a scenic byway.”
“Brisk air bites your face,
which peeks out of your cocoon.
You see waves tower over the shore,
lift your tent, rip its stakes out of the ground.”
“A stop before a three-hour drive home.
A subject I, at fourteen, avoided.
“i fade in and out of the present
like a maple branch’s shadow on concrete
like the stars in a city’s sky”
you feel like a passenger in a car.
in motion, but cannot see out of the windshield—
the fog too thick.”
“Do you think trees get scared when the fog rolls in and they can’t see their friends?”
“I forgot I made coffee, had to watch it reheat
through the perforated grate of my microwave.”
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