The Collective You in Us By Arda Athman

The Collective You in Us 

By: Arda Athman 

I prolonged my walk home because I wanted to feel cold tonight

Recently I’ve been preoccupied by the way that air slips through the wool of my jacket. When I bought it, I thought it would be warmer.

Maybe I was reluctant to look at you last night cause I thought your gaze would also travel through me. You seemed to be in search of a security I couldn’t provide you. I laid next to you and tried to ascertain exactly what you wanted based off the expression you gave.

It was negative to neutral

A neutral negative.


In silence with you beside me, I thought about lines, creases, and deeper meanings.

Is your visage a conduit?

If not, why do I make it out to be?

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