In Relation To

I feel like you left weeks ago,
but it’s only been three hours.
the scaffolding of your dismantling
climbing up my windows.
Days are longer than years on the planet Mercury.
do my eyes look paler to you?
because when I’m on fire,
they twist like a snake into the color of snow.
and when I’m falling,
they skid into blue.
but not the pretty kind of blue.
Messages from your brain travel along your nerves
at up to 200 miles an hour.
people often state the relevance of time
after the unimaginable happens.
It happened so fast is the universal translation for
This can’t be real.
tragedy doesn’t mail out invitations.
no need to buy a new dress.
The twilight zone is the layer of ocean above
the dark zone and below the sunlit zone.
how long do you have to live before
you feel alive?
how long do you have to live before
you feel dead?
do you ever live long enough to have
both of these feelings dance together
in the lifespan of your favorite song?
The Sun is 400 times larger than the moon.
some things can’t be boiled down
into digestible nuggets of fact.
some things can’t be taught.
like how to outrun a hurricane.
or how to swim across the ocean
without any hands.
or how to watch someone you love
go mad.
About 95 percent of the stuff in the universe
is invisible.