I only cried when they arrested
your killer on the tv freeway.
In a past life the three of us
all walked the same high school hallways.
Our Spanish was terrible
but Señora liked you and I because
we spit fire and hated all the same
people. My mother and I are still
fighting because she asked me
to make this for you. She is worried I
am wooden. She is used to my melting.
Thanks for believing I could
compete with all the crimes
of the human race. I’m sorry
I couldn’t compete
with yours. I hope you still post
photos that everyone worries about.
I know you were joking
for the aesthetic
and, if you’re honest,
for the validation too.
You have a Wikipedia page now
that, like this, I cannot un-see.
We were experts at pretending
not to care about anything.
You would be proud at
how good I’ve gotten at it.
Anna Antongiorgi is an aspiring writer, choreographer, and dancer originally from Redondo Beach, California. She graduated from Harvard in 2019, majoring in English. She is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at the New School. You can find her on Instagram @embodied_poetry and at https://annaantongiorgi.wixsite.com/akantongiorgi.