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each time

Published by LANNING | Friday, August 17, 2018 5:56 AM


This is NOT a Year of the Dog Contest entry.


we bar chitchat
then
you are from belize

i have never met anyone from belize

it appears to you that i
sincerely want to know your life story
an expression seizes your soft face
you light up
fascinating enough suddenly
i actually do want to know more

abruptly you check your watch
our conversation full stops

you have to go

my mouth opens
but no more words come
my brain could be bought at a discount
i would go with you

you almost sprint out the door
away from me
toward
i don’t know what
and i never will

i hate hotel bars

i hate boyfriends
and i hate husbands

mothers and sisters are okay
as are grandmothers
and any other people who aren’t
boyfriends or husbands

i stare at the space
you leave empty

a glass of melting ice cubes

a goal
the ball has passed by
a second since

each time a little more faintly

mission accomplished
mission accomplished
mission
uh
complished



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