Written by Jennifer Wise

 

I wear a hat every time I go outside.
It’s brim is low
And shadowy.

To see and to think
Is enough.
I watch television without the volume on.

I tune out your talk;
I’m sorry.
I think it’s a symptom

Of my neuroses.
Nervous. I’m always nervous.
Anger turns into bile.

I chatter like a beak,
Always clacking
And searching;

I want a life outside this house.
I want everything.
To feel the breeze; live and be alive

At the same time.
I want to feel dirt, gravel, and grass.
I’m sorry.

I think its a symptom
Of my neuroses.
I’m always behind a door.

There’s only one ending to this story.
Death is already happening.
Who’s to know who will combust first?

And how far apart?
On what day?
During which week?

During which month?
Or year?
You’re the only person

I talk to, really.
Your face is always somehow
A demonstration

Of dramatic irony
Confronted.
I keep thinking I’m hearing your steps

On the
Stairs to my left.
I lift the brim a little.

I’m sorry.
I think it’s a symptom
Of my neuroses.

 

Text © Jennifer Wise

 

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