WHERE’VE YOU BEEN?
by Nicholas Kasimatis
I could tell you about the county detox
on Bryant during that January
when snow fell on the high hills
floating just above the Pacific,
at least that’s the way I remember it.
Cold locking my knees on the walk
from discharge to the gas station
menthol smoke sinking in the damp air
the tall girl from the group house
who came to check on me that first day.
Remember when it used to feel good?
One long summer night
all our nerves dancing
jubilance of drums and horns
nobody else could hear
loud at first then quiet
but always pumping
now we’re alone—
and the air is ashen.
Are we together?
Listen to that low din—
that used to be music.
Do you have anything to drink?
Nick Kasimatis is an artist and writer who lives in San Rafael, California. His work has been published in the Front Range Review, Rising Phoenix Review, and Mobius.