I wake up in California
Where else?
But I am unaffected
by the lines on maps,
the states, and the water

I rely on other drivers
to flash their lights
when I forget
to turn mine on.
I forget often.

The rubble of Gaza
the crowded rotting hallways
the lives taken
the money given:
I am unaffected.

The constancy of a painful world
and the exhaustion of remembering it,
my forgotten condolence to the strip
and my silence:
None can help them.

My lights are off again.