I am not here to ruin you. I am already in you. I am the work you don’t do. I am what you understand best and wordless. I am with you in your chair and in your song. I am what you avoid and what you stop avoiding. I am what’s left when there is nothing left. Love me hard, pilgrim.
Copyright © Sarah Manguso. From the forthcoming collection Siste Viator (Four Way, 2006). Used with permission of the author.