The blood blister
under my skin
just shy of my right
pointer knuckle
is gone
I don’t understand
I noticed it when I was fourteen
It had already been there
a while and I just wondered
if it was an eternal bloodstain

My roommate used to say,
Go to bed, it’ll look better in the morning

Why is that?

I cried once today for a friend
whose dad is not-so-slowly dying
and cried again tonight for a character
grieving the loss of a wife on TV