After that it got pretty late, and we both had to go, but it was great seeing Annie again. I… I realized what a terrific person she was, and… and how much fun it was just knowing her; and I… I, I thought of that old joke, y’know, the, this… this guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, “Doc, uh, my brother’s crazy; he thinks he’s a chicken.” And, uh, the doctor says, “Well, why don’t you turn him in?” The guy says, “I would, but I need the eggs.” Well, I guess that’s pretty much now how I feel about relationships; y’know, they’re totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd, and… but, uh, I guess we keep goin’ through it because, uh, most of us… need the eggs.
I read Breakfast of Champions
The tomato-skinned-man sits
beside me punching holes in his
I keep my eyes turned down. Skimming the
words on the page.
If I go home, I will lie on the floor in
If I go.
I watch the couples around me.
They say goodbye,
I love you, what do you want for dinner?
If I go I will sip on cold coffee
and the guilt will bury me.
I will be held in his frame for
this small empty meeting.
And I will enjoy it and he will, too.
I lie on the floor
and I let the sweat
gather on my forehead.