Kaveh Akbar // Portrait of the Alcoholic

… It can be difficult
telling the size of something

when it’s right above you — the average
cumulus cloud weighing as much

as eighty elephants. The things I’ve thought I’ve loved
could sink an ocean liner, and likely would

if given the chance.

- Kaveh Akbar, from the poem “Portrait of the Alcoholic with Home Invader and Housefly”
in Portrait of the Alcoholic

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