i think

by blake ellington larson

fumbling the ways out of
my pockets in this hour
that
where i put my china set
made no difference
only
i don’t have one
and i always sort of
wanted a kitchen
but
it’s really more like
having someone in the kitchen
and
i can’t recall if the dinner
came out alright
you see
it must have tasted fine
it’s just
the immediacy of your touch
doesn’t exactly prove
that
my worst fears were ever valid
but
i think i remember
an acute confusion
regarding
how long i let
everything settle
because i’m sure
i left something
boiling
only it was so
quiet in my head
that night
that i almost went to sleep
without a cigarette
or you
for that matter

(2000)

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