Thank you for leaving a note
I imagine you had your reasons. A better offer
elsewhere. Didn’t relish the clearing up.
Some us had already considered leaving, it’s true,
but here we are still, figuring out clouds,
flirting with wisdom, using up our outbreaths
and heartbeats like there’s always tomorrow.
Funny how there are so many new wonders.
This year I learned that labels in sweaters
are sewn into the left-hand seam, never right.
But I still don’t know how electricity works
or anaesthetic. Perhaps you know that now,
together with all the secret formulae and whether
it was a good thing to go early, or whether
stabilisers on a bike are ever a good thing
since we only learn to balance by letting go –
despite the advice of our instincts – and this
is what I’ve learned today. Anyway, thank you
for leaving a note: Go outside, breathe. Enjoy.
— in The North 64 (Summer 2020)