How I ensure nothing terrible ever happens to me again
I cut my life into small slices
And freeze them, to prevent them
From going bad like bread, or coffee.
With my life too, I keep my hand hovered
Over its railing, close enough to grab,
Close enough to dip my fingers down
And glide across it, or write my name in it
When the condensation of tragedy allows.
I sleep with the clothes of my life
To make them warm for when I put them
On in the morning, I do this instead of
Buying thicker curtains in the winter. See,
I am not preventing my life, I am insulating it.
I brew my life into cups, and I bite my life
Into halves, bite from the blue pill
Of my life, until the bottle becomes only
Powder, and then I rub the powder of my
Life onto my gums and refill it.
I bathe in my life and remain in the tub of it
While it drains, pretending my life is the size
Of a canal, the drain a lock system.
When I consider the season of my life,
It is endlessly spring. Endlessly my birth
And my expected death. When I consider my life
I say sorry, I say good morning, I say please,
Don’t end today
Shannon Sullivan is a poet from Lakeland, Florida. She is currently an MFA candidate at Virginia Tech. She has been featured in Re-side magazine, Yuzu Press, and Eunoia Review. She has a cat named Percy who decorates the apartment with mice.