Defining X when X is (-1)

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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.