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Verge 2017 – Chimera


She Watched a Lot of Television

Natalie Briggs

She is a good boyfriend

Brings me a glass of water

We eat French toast, need each other

She asks me to watch her dance

I say ask a dancer to watch you dance

I buy pasta for us to share

We know it’s a mistake

She walks back to the counter

Orders soup

I watch her throw meat at a sheet of plastic

For art

She has good form

Kneeling on her bathroom floor

No guard on the clippers

This is concept porn, she says

Hair on my clothes

Makes me take them off and shower

Don’t fall down the stairs

She wouldn’t let me watch her blow her nose

I would have liked to see what ever needed to come out of her

Come out of her

I finally sent the text

I miss your mouth

Want to come over

I tried the text out on a friend before I sent it

I used the pineapple emoji

There were no emojis in the final draft

At the reading she said you are strong

Asked me to kiss her cheek

The man she was sleeping with looked at us

You were good with my body

Held it

I don’t hate you but I don’t love you

I nothing you

I miss your teeth and laugh

That’s all really

You stressed me out

You watched a lot of television

I watch Friends now

She wants to be Eileen Myles

I tell her

Eileen Myles isn’t even Eileen Myles

I am taking time away from love

I am letting it go

My shoulder hurts I want to sleep alone

Verge 2017 – Chimera

   by Bonnie Reid, Aisling Smith and Gavin Yates