The man parks his car on the downtown side street, pulls two quarters out of the ashtray where he keeps his change, & locks the door behind him. He steps up the curb & around to the meter only to find that it’s still got twenty-three minutes on it- more than enough time for his minor errands. Someone somewhere is looking out for him. He gives the meter’s twin heads a grateful pat, & notices that the car next to […]
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.