Amnesia

Originally published December 28, 2013

and its not amnesia

not exactly

its like

 

i bought my head

at a consignment store

and then they changed

 

addresses and

the other one

the new one

is over in a different city

 

that would take so much

gas and effort to get to

and i lost the receipt anyways

 

**

STILL LIFE

 

We had forgotten why

she always left the crackers

in the fridge until she died.

 

It was to keep them from going state.

 

**

INNER BEAUTY

 

He said you never let

anyone know what you are

inside.

 

After five shots

of tequila,

I sure showed

him.

 

**

INTIMACY

The thing I like most about you is

 

**

BREAK

Playing cards in coffee bars.

You’re not here, and neither am I.

 

**

PHYSICS

I had forgotten how hair

is permeable by fingers

other than my own,

and that all solids turn into liquid

given the right amount of heat.

 

**

MAPQUEST

I never know the right questions

when meeting someone after a long, long time.

Have you turned cannibalistic?

Do you still believe in God?

Are you a time-traveler

now that she died?

People change, you know.

 

I am trying to invent a method of cartography.

 

**

WHERE

Ruined childhood books.

Torn corners, spilled juice.

All the Waldo’s have been circled.

 

**

TWITCH

The way inanimate objects pull—

an old doll missing an arm

and a name,

too small shoes,

a set of keys going to

nowhere.