I am never where my body is.

illustration of an etch a sketch with a lightbulb inside that has a skull inside. Bridge sketched across.
Art by Kristina Closs

Teletherapy

by Brian Tierney

The light of that

jet, overhead, is my mind I’m seeing so scintillant, unreachable.
I am never where my body is.
The first law of dreaming is what isn’t here

isn’t me; the second law is to show you what I see
is to show you how I feel: aluminum
siding the color of my skin
enwrapping the duplex where I lived, as a boy, by the ruins of a bridge

for what could not be united—
The message is frail.
When I check my phone

to remember I exist and I shake it and shake it I shake
myself, as if to clear the Etch A Sketch
of my face. If I’m dead inside

how would I know, how
would a bulb
check its own filament.

_____

for more of Brian’s poems, check out his beautiful new collection Rise and Float

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