Yes, I Am Concerned About Your Health

Yes, I am concerned about your health.

Never wanted to involve myself too much,

but now attentive and plugged into the wealth

of highs and lows you’ve felt, I watch you take such


pains to synthesize and recreate your sense

of self. Sometimes, at night, the air swells with sorrow

and the tumult lessens by your presence—

so I demand you keep the vessel that you borrow


in good repair. …I am selfish. It’s in my interest

to see you smiling, feel you feeling well.

Against the fabric of my being, I’ve never told

you of the comfort—the months caressed

gone by—the porch lights that compel

me toward eyes like not seen before into a soul.


-Chris James Bayer