One day I will pass in front of the house
that was mine for years
and try not to measure how far it is from my friends' homes.
The plump widow whose cries for love woke me
is not my neighbor any more.
I’ll invent things so I do not get confused.
Count my steps
or bite my lower lip savoring in the slight pain
or keep my fingers busy with tearing a whole packet
of paper tissues.
I will not try to find shortcuts
to avoid the pain.
I will not stop myself from loitering
as I train my teeth to chew on a hate
that leaps from within.
And to forgive
the cold hands that pushed me toward it,
I will remember
that I did not smudge the bathroom's whiteness
with my own darkness.
The wall itself did not intervene in my dreams.
I did not imagine a color paint
to match the scene's tragic lighting.
This house was my home for years.
It was not a student hostel
where I would hang an evening gown
on a nail behind the door
or paste old pictures with temporary glue.
I extracted from Love in the Time of Cholera
must be jumbled up now
making an altogether comic text.