Abruptly Old and Caffeinated by Matthew Milia

Service to the landline
Disconnected in year twenty-nine
And the nervous black universe
In the soft pit of your mom's purse
Where the years hid
In the Kleenex
And the tears slid
Down her V-necks
And the spring thawed us
Like a carton of ice cream
But we woke
Didn't we?
In a nice dream

Sooner or later
The sad refrigerator
Is holding brands that no one knows

A young imitator
Is standing in the crater
And he's wearing your forgotten clothes

Now we're young adults with tongues
Burnt on boiling coffee
The asthma in our lungs
Burnt away so harshly

Back when we were
Elated from the moment we're created
But who anticipated we'd be
Abruptly old and caffeinated?

Show me how you felt
The night we heard the world melt
From my room in some year
In some life far from here
And tell me the new name
That you earned when spring came
How it burned in your mind
As I learned it a third time

Each single person
With a tendency to worsen
I seem to think that we'll be friends

Why don't you call me?
And tell me all about the little way
You're terrified that this all ends

For now
We're young adults with tongues
Burnt on boiling coffee
The splinters from the rungs
You sweetly plucked them off me

Elated as the red sun penetrated
It slowly self-deflated
And we're abruptly old and caffeinated

Oh, what'd you do today?
You sleep until the sunlight is upon your eyes
And you won't get your way
If you don't try
To reach into what belongs to you
And take it back
But you don't want to

My mother's neighbor
Saw my picture in the paper holding
A high school photograph of her

I look just like my mother
If you mixed her with another
And froze in time the way they were

When they were young adults with tongues
Burnt on boiling coffee
I memorized the songs
You sang them to me softly

Back when we were

Elated as the girls that you once dated
The lips all separated
And you’re abruptly old and caffeinated

Elated from the moment we're created
But who anticipated we'd be
Abruptly old and caffeinated?

Elated when from St. Hugo graduated
Downhill we will spill
Over-caffeinated

Appears on Alone at St. Hugo