I say I hate you,
but I don’t hate you.

I respect you.
I respect the witches.

I respect
St. Elizabeth.

I respect
the massive layoffs.

I respect
the car crashes

and the
hospital stays.

I respect Unleashing
the Power Within

only to sit at my desk,
ready to rage,

only to
walk outside

and be carried off
by ambulance.

Losing face
and foundation,

sleep walking
Hoop Dreams,

neck ties,

demons, and

I respect
the angels

the Alexa

the monkeys

the machines.

I don’t know

but I
respect you.

March. I
respect you.

You beautiful
bitch goddess.

April. I await
your cosmic entrance.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His third book, Train of Thought 2: Almost Home is available now at the Oddball Book Store.