Defining X when X is (-1)
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.