Sunday Morning

As a child, you imagined that clouds were solid and that tomorrows would always come. On Sunday mornings, you’d watch planes drag lazily across the sky. You couldn’t understand how pilots could be so skilled. How do they dodge the clouds, mommy? Shut up and stop asking questions. You’d nod but you’d still wonder about those amazing pilots. Skulls and crossbones mean pirates and poison, but it seemed that mommy forgot which bottles were which because her pirate juice, the one that made her words sound funny and her snores loud like thunder, it was full but the poison left a dried ring of froth around her mouth. Tomorrow didn’t come for mommy, but she must be living on a cloud now. On the top, you know, so you can’t see her, but she’s still there. 

A lawyer now, you lost the magic of solid clouds and pirate juice. You know our mother left you. She couldn’t help it, they say. She was ill, they say. You know, they say, pointing to their heads and turning their fingers around imaginary locks of hair. You nod, pennies filling the back of your throat and dwindling from your bank account. 

Sunday mornings are quiet as death now. You imagine death is actually quiet. No more screaming babies on the subway, no more overheard arguments through thinning, half-eaten drywall. Just quiet. And dark. Like those sensory deprivation tanks, only you can’t be deprived of senses if you don’t have them. Just like your mother believed she couldn’t have her life stolen out from under her, ruined by a child she never wanted, if she didn’t have a life.

October 13

The sky is deceptively blue today
And bugs whine in the Indian summer heat

(Is it still an Indian summer if it happens every year?)

I woke up late
Which is to say I woke up at the same time I always do
Which is to say I have no reason to get up in the morning
Which is to say I do but I can’t see it with this heavy

Depression

Blanketing my fogged thoughts

So I sleep instead and try to remember dreams
(nightmares)
That I wish I could write into reality

Which is to say I could –
I’m a writer you know –
But I have this nothingness surrounding my peony heart

It’s a numbness I guess, but also
lethargy
Deathly silent
But simply nothing at the same time

I wonder if I really am a writer
Or if that, too, was a “phase” just like they said my sexuality would be

But now in this time that should be autumn
I feel like it’s the end of something
Because endings are just so much simpler

Or maybe it’s just October 13
And nothing is so significant after all