i forgot about you,
tongue-tied, wide eyed, sitting
cross legged next to a boy with
an orange soul and ecstasy in
his bones

i forgot about you over coffee with
my English professor, she said
that the air will never taste like
this again and i couldn’t remember
why i wanted to carry your name in
my mouth like a pearl or a black
charcoal mountain,

i forgot about you,
when i was 24 and the only time
my sister called was to say that
our great aunt had passed,

i forgot about you when i was
doing a crossword puzzle in
a bright yellow diner where they
serve waffles for lunch, dinner, and
desert

i forgot about you, but
i never forget to remember

—    new paint and new names (via irynka)