You Asked, “When Can I See You?” The Answer Is…

by Mark Chmiel

10 minutes after you wake up
At 9:30 p.m. on the 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th of each month

By the tower in 88 degree heat
A January walk up the avenue after the sidewalks have been shoveled

Every Tuesday at 3:35 pm
Saturday morning at 7

When you’re gritting your teeth so hard you think they will shatter
At Café Revolución at 10 am when nobody’s there

After classes
Before dinner

When you get that sudden urge to head out to the river (walking five miles an hour)
At the nearest bus stop (reading the poems you wrote during lab)

When sleepless, at Espresso Central
When effervescent, the outdoor tables at Stella and Bella’s

Three times a week
Twice a day

When aroused by history, at the Yiddish Book Store
When disturbed by humanity, among the igrets in the park

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