The latest in a biweekly poetry series curated by Hanif Abdurraqib
Get fatigued. Worry about that stuff.
Schedule the time. Make the plans.
Go to the place. Be in the moment.
Take a challenge. Be in the moment.
Breathe in the myth of summer.
Take the photos. Remember.
Remember. Buy the outfit. Try that
food. Talk to a stranger. Remember
this feeling. Make a promise. Make love
On the balcony like lusty coeds
Make a promise. Don't let it go stale.
Hug your kids more. When you
get back, start exercising regularly.
Mutually agree to eat more coconut.
You can put it in practically everything.
Shake the sand off. Make a promise.
When you get back, reminisce. This time
Yesterday, our toes were in the ocean.
This time last week, we had a coconut
Drink for breakfast. This time last month--
You should start exercising more.
Focus your breathing on the myth of summer.
Tell them about the coconut drink you
had last year. Let it wash over you. Why
am I always yelling? Let the darkness
pull you in. Give in. You're a good
person. Get up. Do it again. You're
doing the right thing. Remember who
you once were when you weren't home.
Remember who you wanted to be
When you got back home. You're doing
The responsible thing.