Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Noch Immer Gegenwärtig 1

Academic journal article Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Noch Immer Gegenwärtig 1

Article excerpt

For Gabi

Too many

glasses

of wine,

and now,

I can't

sleep;

It doesn't

help

that he

snores.

I wonder

if I should

get uP-

have

a smoke,

read

a book,

take

a walk.

I'm too

tired

to walk,

to anxious

to read

or smoke,

so I

rollover,

think

about

the beginning

again.

Dinner

was perfect.

I think

that is

what made me

feel

so brave-

made me

ask: "Why

don't you

love me?"

"What's wrong

with us

being

a couple?"

I don't

remember

what he

said-

just that

it sounded

selfish:

boytalk for

"leave me

alone."

That's when

I had

my second

glass

of wine.

He

was talking

about his

friend's band-

about how

we should

see them

Thursday night;

I started

to remind him

Tuesdays and Thursdays

1 g°

to the dojo,

have been

for two years

now,

but then

I realize

he thinks

my karate

is something

I do

to entertain

myself

when he's

not here. …

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