On the last few stairs you only want for wood flooring,
unconcerned if friends like you or the waitress was flirting.
Cold slats on clammy skin confirm you’ve got nowhere to fall.
Crawl to the bathroom. Hold yourself up by the porcelain bowl.
Find the seat to keep your weight. You’ve done something. Prayed
too many times to slough off this body, imbibed the wrong mix
of wildlife. Held on too long to a sad song or to heartbreak.
No one’s awake. Your body’s shiver has no visible cause.
Nerve endings can’t identify what undermined your sleeping,
what cannot be passed through by the deep focus of breathing.
April is National Poetry Month, #NaPoMo