I resent the Spring
in all its pastel.
In all its pastiche
of a life now untouchable.
Of a life jelly beaned and jelly sandaled,
not one where hand soap is triggering.
Not one where memory is archived as
“on this day” trauma, but
“on this day” thirteen years ago,
I was skinny just because.
I was skinny last year
on account of simply not eating.
On account of why eat
what you can’t?
What you can’t do, I can’t do.
When you suffer, I suffer, too.
When you suffer April Fools’ gladly,
like the fickle month it was,
like the fickle purgatory that was your lungs
while the green teens had a spring in their step,
while the green pub crawlers strode mob deep
outside your window like missed opportunities,
outside your window with the decal shamrock
like you were a child, doesn’t that bother you?
Like you were only fentanyl fever-dreaming
and I was only Xanax not-dreaming.
And I was thinking today
that retrospect is a needling bitch,
that retrospect is unsolicited wisdom.
It taunts you in measures of time.
It taunts you like Spring does
with its good for nothing rose-colored glasses.
With its good for running air
that led me to the intersection tonight,
that led me back to you.
You, who is breathing from the open window.
You, who is.
And, therefore, I am also.
© 2022 Andrea Festa