She remembers when they went on more than one date a month. That there was a time in which they would have more than one date a week, & would still want desperately to see each other during any spare pockets of time in between. She remembers when he held open doors; when he wore clean, dark jeans & paired them with shirts that didn’t have team logos on them & shoes that weren’t sneakers, & complimented her on things […]
The novel I checked out from the library today has a sticky stain in the shape of a binder clip on its glossy hard cover. It’s a coffee stain, spilled when an ill-behaved cat climbed onto the table to eat the eggs its owner left to answer the telephone. Hanging up on a telemarketer’s “great offer”, the owner saw the would-be criminal sniffing the plate &, appalled, he clapped his hands, scaring it badly. The cat made its hasty escape, […]
You’re sitting at the cafe table on the patio & picking at the scab just below your knee. You know that it’s gross, & you’re sure that people sitting at adjacent tables have grimaced, but you continue to pretend to read a book that you have already read six times, & pay them no mind. Heat prickles behind your ears & your foot spasms like a dying animal. You know, without taking your eyes away from the sentence you’ve been […]
The carpets are freshly cleaned, the walls patched and scrubbed (even if they are the color of coffee with too much creamer), and there is a brand new washer/dryer in the kitchen. But, as she sets the last box atop the pile in the middle of the apartment, she cannot help feeling chagrined. This is not where she had planned to be.