List of Conditions

In homage to Megan Gannon

if the winter is too cold

if a window sticks

if leaves turn yellow with black spots

if spills leave a mess

if the heart

if this

if solving for x where x equals your life minus your regrets

if when


if it sits after a night

if you pour two cups full

if whether

if blood and grass stain your shirt and shorts

if the sand is cool under footsteps

if rain seeps in between the cracks and erodes the once firm foundation

if hands that help to mend now rip apart

if wooden floors creak by themselves at night

if burned

if under a tree during a storm; not able to find warm shelter

if conditions are met, but your mind is still unsatisfied

if the pot and the kettle are of the same color

if birds sing

if your skin pulls off after a sunburn

if and when you are ready to take that first leap with eyes closed

if shadows slowly fade without the dark clouds shrouding the sun

if grass grows in unwanted areas of the yard

if your soul is lost along with your hope

if flesh

if when scratching, hair falls out

if lying with truth

if told to run

if everything you tried fails, then

B. A. Varghese graduated from Polytechnic University (New York) in 1993 and has been working in the Information Technology field ever since. Inspired to explore his artistic side, he is currently working toward a degree in Creative Writing from the University of South Florida. His work recently appeared in Apalachee Review. His website:

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