21.

prompt: incorporate overheard speech

he says he’s going blind and that
the fluid has reached capacity
i remember
how he looked with a blindfold
eyes searching fruitlessly beneath
the undulations of fabric
he remembers
how it felt to be scared

we got sick last night
at the same time
it was a national holiday that we threw ourselves into
i missed an interview
she missed her grandmother
it was a long journey back to daylight
chicken wings
black coffee

my father texted me sometime between
midnight
and the present
mixed french and english patois
all variations on the same theme,
i love you, i love you
i love you

in the middle of the dawn i looked at my chest
i traced the contours of the bones that are protruding
i cancelled invitations
i planned my escape

-C.

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