it started when all three of us were asleep
you left because my dog started growling
at something we couldn’t see and i rose up
out of bed and stood by the kitchen screaming
you were mad at me. and you’ve come to see
when something catches my spine and twists
the cord away to gaze out the window
for hours on end instead of participating
that’s when you have come to leave.
someone says, “You are worth it
to stand up straighter than your posture.”
it’s someone who doesn’t know me
and my history with scoliosis.
you know it, but you don’t counter
her words of encouragement.
you know it, but you leave
when i am at my most