the beds in my grandmother’s house were heavy with blankets and floral sheets—orange and purple and pink— that made me happy when i was eight, and nine, and six.
and again when i was twenty-one,
they were a cool, familiar weight on a cold night, and
here child, put a hot water bottle by your feet, or else you’ll catch your death, and i have never seen a winter such as this, and let’s have some hot chocolate before we turn out all the lights.
and all that love weighed the same as a soft, round body and it wrapped us up, and sleep was an easy thing to chase, then.
when you were four and i was six.
and now, i am on the other side of forty-six and you are forever forty-four, and i am pretty sure that’s cheating, and why are there no rules to this game, and
i have never seen a winter such as this, and
my sheets are white now, and unfloral, and i don’t really like purple, and every night i kick the duvet off my feet,
the air cool on my skin, so
that i can feel,
escape, if i need to.
there are things that are heavy in the dark, do you remember them?
and it turns out that it isn’t that easy to catch your death if it is not your time,
but if it is,
then it is.
and here we are,
you forever forty-four, and i am on the other side of six, and i am pretty sure that’s cheating, but i’ll let it go this time.
there are no rules to this game.
— the beds in my grandmother’s house were heavy with love and i miss you.
© Liezel Graham 2019.
Photograph by Jackson Jorvan.
a little bit of freeform poetry on a wednesday afternoon.