Defining X when X is (-1)


Megan Krupa


I needed to understand

the way air left his body.


If it was fast or slow

if the lungs expanded.


I needed to know how much pressure

it took to relieve all the other pressures.


I can’t say what I expected to find really.


A note, some mention of him,

buried web-deep, somewhere.


I want to know how a person

can lie on the living room floor

and not think about Christmas.


I need to know if the air was translucent.


If the popcorn ceiling

left purple lines when he closed his eyes.


Maybe they looked like dancers,

maybe they were comfort enough.