Things to Remember on Bad Days

The smell of fresh rain, dancing and drenched and daring / the way distance generates desperation, but (hopefully) not for what we anticipated / the build-up to a kiss, gifts wrapped and waiting, someone prying themselves open with a crowbar to let you see the light inside / discovering the glow someone thought was gone / rediscovering your own luminescence / redefining what makes you, you in essence / the smell of cherry blossom trees after a spring storm, the way wet clothes cling to you, the way I cling to you, the way that life clings to / You.

Maggie Bowyer

Maggie Bowyer (they/them/theirs) is a poet, cat parent, and the author of various poetry collections including Allergies (2023) and When I Bleed (2021). They’ve been published in The Abbey Review, Chapter Journal, The South Dakota Review, Wishbone Words, and more. You can find their work on Instagram and TikTok @maggie.writes.

sun, so generous
Sit here long enough