Candor

by Mark Chmiel

Perry

When we ran into each other
On the sidewalk in front of Gelato Supreme

And I asked you, “Hey, when can we get together again?
Last Monday was so long ago!”

You raised that fine left eyebrow of yours
Ever so slightly

As if you thought I was joking
Au contraire Mein Herr:

Why wouldn’t I want to  spend a little more time
With someone who is smack in the centre of his center?

You might not be so interested in me
(I admit: I’m unsteadily eccentric)

But I’m interested in you
So carpe fucking diem–

Tomorrow
Noon?

Bella Levenshtein

–novel-in-progress, Our Heroic and Ceaseless 24/7 Struggle against Tsuris

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