I am overextended. The poem forgets me
but the city says here. Image.
Lights unbury the bodies of abandoned bicycles.
The river architecting assembly lines of women
forgetting their boyfriends. Somewhere
a rave I’m not invited to. The distended dark. Silhouette
of pyjamas, four walls. Joint smoke. The winter shower,
articulate. Splay books over the bed. Courier boxes,
the voided cabinet. Naked feet betray the season’s imperative.
Today, I drink tea. Tomorrow, count the socks that have shrunk
after laundering. Call home. The heart is louder
further from the equator. A little softer, I beg, repatriated
to my supplicant body. Joint pain. The air leaves me gasping.
Most roads lead to coat check. Someone texts me there is hole
in the shape of my person where I left. I left my life
in a city which does not remember me.
This poem riffs on Emily Jungmin Yoon’s ‘Between Autumn Equinox and Winter Solstice, Today’
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