When I think of how couples
can be so cruel to one another
just before turning out the light
and falling asleep,
and how many keep
a loaded firearm in the bedroom,
I’m terrified by the increased chance
that one of those guns
will find its way into a mouth
that’s about to fall asleep in one.
Resentment dances through our homes
and attaches to our children.
Everybody knows this on some level.
It’s why, every day after work
I come home to an empty house
and take a shower
and imagine the water falling through me
and taking me along with it,
so that anything I might want to hold onto
and pull back on
won’t be able to hold onto me.
Sometimes I even feel like I’m air,
and that my clothes,
when I put them back on,
are hanging on a sea breeze,
and don’t get me wrong, I like that technique.
But that’s how I know
I have to bounce off that armor too,
in order to finally be free of resentment.