“proximity” by Cecil Choi

in my dream you lived in a green house
just a few doors down from mine
and i couldn’t believe i had to live with it,
walking by everyday and knowing
i could and couldn’t just knock

so really, it’s a privilege to be
here, trying to un-remember
a phone number and feigning
relief, like i wouldn’t uproot myself
for even incidental closeness

Cecil Choi (They/he)
Cecil Choi is a queer and trans writer, musician, and game developer from California. Their work has been previously published in The Maine Review. They are currently studying game design and electronic music at UC Santa Cruz. Their website can be found at www.ceec.space