I have to try to do this justice.
don’t know for certain how long this house has been here, this
renovated New Orleans farmhouse, but the thin long lines of wood
flooring on this porch look as if they have been here before brick
buildings and planned city grid lines though I know they are incapable
of having such an age. I feel as if they have watched as the creatures
of the swamp pooled together and rose, forming such a city as this -
watched as the neon-colored bulbs of smoky jazz clubs gave way to the
hollow glow of so many LED lights, as the alligators slunk back into the
mist and the sorority girls claimed the streets to roam at night.
feel just as old as this house, awake unreasonably early and settled
into a porch swing, listening to music and setting myself adrift.
Everyone else is sleeping, cloistered off in solitary pockets of
unconsciousness, and I am here staring at the way these roses wrap
through the old wood balustrades painted white with a hint of
seemingly-intentional dirt and grunge.