by Alexis Smithers
13- A Story About
“This is a story about you,’ said the radio
because you always wanted to hear about yourself
Welcome to this story about you.
you live out near the car lot, next to Josie.
Occasionally, she’ll wave you on her
for the Angels
Occasionally, you’ll wave back.
You’re not terrible
You can see the red blinking on and off of the human
the impeccable drop of stars and void.
You’ll sit with your back to the brightness
watching the hours.
But only you.
This story didn’t always live.
Somewhere else there were
you wrote dear
you wrote some good
this dreary world!
At last, not yourself!
Then you would delete that and
something else would be sent out and
not read by anyone.
You had a friend
“Look life is stressful. This is true everywhere.
[…] But when Cecil talked it was possible to let some of that go.”
(p. 24 from the Welcome to Night Vale book)