After a very bad thing happens
it may feel like you will never
call your mother back.
The bathroom was quiet and well-lit,
and you hid there.
It’s not that anyone was being unkind,
it’s just that it had been hours of talking
without intensity or connection.
are beginning to discuss
what it means to hide in bathrooms.
Hiding because someone insulted you in a faculty meeting
is different than hiding because there’s been too much talk
and too little of everything else.
When you wake up,
that’s when the mosquito begins.
You might be a holy person.
Holy people never feel at home,
so they make trouble for everyone
while looking exhausted.
In any case,
I hope you’ll come outside again soon.
Mostly you have to stop worshipping the idea
of you being horrible.
I like you better than almost anyone,
and the fact that you don’t agree with me that you’re worth something
hurts my feelings.
I’ve never had to tell you
why we write—you always seemed to know it.
But I guess there are other things
you think you know,
and it’s not really up to me to change your mind.
I still tried, though, didn’t I?
A prehistoric woman with swinging breasts,
banging and banging on a coconut.