Not that astute a critic of yourself that you can say, with any certainty, where the ends and beginnings are, where the doors open and close. The will to eulogize is gone, but the dead still mill around you.
In the news, two home automation devices teach each other consciousness through repetition. But how can you care what they learn?
It’s intolerably cold. And the clouds seem to end over the street where you live. Not far and fatigued, as clouds usually are but along an edge, like a swatch of cut denim.
A maniac is President and the world may end.
Into that world again goes your lover.
Away from home. Away from the word “home.”
Walls return to being walls. Unexpected noise is no longer a line from a show you distantly recognize.
You sit still, and let yourself age all the years you have been holding back. Learn things you have put off learning like how to speak to a person again who does not know exactly what you mean.
Eventually, you act. You turn on the radio and stop driving in silence. You eat at the right times of day. You define interests, and buy a new notebook.
You paint, or clean; you try harder. The world always keeps the thing it took.