it got colder

it got colder

and the quality of the darkness

got inky, like the quality of molasses

and journeying at night

has become dangerous

for the lack of visibility

 

and it’s cold

and that’s deterrent enough for me,

keeping warm with scarves

and long-sleeved shirts

 

and everyone’s out

and all that body heat and anxiety

doesn’t make it any warmer

 

the temperature drops

and I just want to stay home

 

the cold traces its icy fingers

across the skin of my arm

and writes a name I am not allowed

to say out loud

 

and now I’m wondering:

did it really get colder

or did I just lose the fire inside me?

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