Sara Mae tells me I help them be goofy.
Josie tells me I don’t need to worry, I got this.
Talya tells me she feels sad, sad today,
that she can’t seem to keep going.
Clem texts, their brother died.
Sarah calls me, they are driving to Nebraska
to be with Clem. Do they need anything?
They don’t know yet.
Gervais tells me he’s brimming
with anxiety, says he had plane issues
he left at 5PM and got in at 4AM
and he’s still so tired but
he can do it. He can work
on the sample if I email it to him.
Mariah posts a picture of three smiles
without her and a sadness face.
Who are these people? I type out.
My family, she responds,
I haven’t been able to go home
in years and they’re all together, without me.
Kate says I popped up
on her “memories” in her photos app
from 2018, said I was eating a churro.
SB says if you need me to beat
up that boy that didn’t listen
when you asked him to go
slow, I’ll fucking do it. I’ll pull up
to his house and everything.
Chen says he’s tired.
My mom says she can’t sleep.
V says they feel like he’s
drowning, all the time.
Izah left work today because they were
having a panic attack. Rose organized
to start a union at her job but says
she maybe just wants them to fire her.
Ruslan says that, through my love
and friendship, he was able to come
out to his homophobic family
and friends back in Kyrgyzstan.
That he’s so grateful for me,
he could cry. He cries, for a minute.
Shirin says she finished Succession.
Catherine says she won an award.
My dad calls, says, you need to get
your oil changed. I know you
have a lot on your plate.
But please, try to find
a moment. Make sure you take
your breath. Go and get
the oil change, tomorrow.
They open at 8.