Someone else used to do this before. Someone responsible, someone who loved me enough to protect me from my own filth piling up. But I’m over 40 now & live alone, & if I don’t remember it's Thursday & rise with the cardinals & bluejays calling up the sun, I’m stuck with what’s left rotting for
after the news of the dead whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you —W. S. Merwin A blanket of fresh snow makes any neighborhood idyllic. Dearborn Heights indistinguishable from Baldwin Hills, South Central even— until a thawing happens and residents emerge into the light. But it almost never snows in L.A., and snows often in this part of Michigan— a declining wonderland, a place not to stand out or be stranded like Renisha was. Imagine a blonde daughter with a busted car in a suburb where a brown homeowner (not taking any chances) blasts through a locked door first, checks things out after— around the clock coverage and the country beside itself instead of the way it is now, so quiet like a snowy night and only the grief of a brown family (again) around the Christmas tree, recalling memories of Renisha playing on the front porch, or catching flakes as they fall and disappear on her tongue. They are left to imagine what her life might have been. We are left to imagine the day it won't require imagination to care about all of the others.