Untitled Poem

By Vanessa Quintero

“how could i ever forget you?”
this is how.

planes fly above
subways thunder below
this is how.

a polaroid left in a suitcase pocket
this is how.

a phone call with no teeth
forgetting much of what it had to say
this is how.

a passing “hello” sans a “how are you”
a passing “goodbye” sans an “i miss you”
this is how.

starting at the ceiling and
a little bit of vodka
this is how.

two episodes of dexter left unwatched
this is how.

a sufjan stevens concert with no mention
“howling for you” without a voice note
this is how.

eating today’s burrito
without my recommendation
this is how.

a haircut without the
post-depression
this is how.

a party with people
that aren’t you
this is how.

“how could i ever forget you?”
this is how.

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