It’s important to remember where you came from
Circulating memories of shoes on tired feet
Clothing in piles
Sleep in the daytime
Sweats slung low
Too much makeup,
Not enough sun.
I remember it all
Smoke and baby oil and old booze and douche and pizza and mold and cigarettes and ass sweat and feet and deodorant and dryer sheets and hairspray and body splash and dirt and cologne and blood
Neon and slick surfaces skim and slip, yes, you gotta be careful with your footing,
But they don’t shimmer like they’re old
Patina of photos in an album
Carefully cornered, scalloped and preserved
I don’t want a tattoo so I can’t ever do it again.
I don’t want a job holding shame cupped in careful hands
I don’t want to forget, today.
I don’t want to forget