Fossil watch

when he leaves, frame the footsteps; burn your tenth-grade biology textbook when it tells you that fossils are a one-in-a-million chance. make fossils anyway. watch the news when they exclaim that INFLATION IS RISING IN CURRENCY, IN EVERY ASPECT OF LIFE and
ask yourself how it feels to ruin the world.
remember that you have done that every day since you were six. the time your best friend broke down on a thursday night while you were drunk in the best way possible. when your brother’s dog died and he found her by himself. how your grandfather is recovering from a surgery alone. he has been in rehab for sixteen days.
when he leaves, frame the footsteps. hang them on the wall beside yours.
—  lonely again (catherine w // sempiternalwriting)