Why the Phrase “I Miss You” is Too Difficult for Me to Speak

This set of words marks
my skin, my only
company in cold wet
unseasonability. Sunny
and 72 arrives late. You
won’t be here to share it.
This set of words cloaks
me. I walk avenues
of old growth one
building to the next
and sometimes I say
this set of words but
sometimes I step
through silence
and snapping winds.
This set of words used
to be my theme song.
I ripped my throat
when the pain
overwhelmed, because
what could I say?
This set of words
is syllabic control.

Josette Torres received her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Tech. She also holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from Purdue University. Her work has previously appeared in Star 82 Review, The New Verse News, Palaver, Eunoia Review, and elsewhere. She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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