Across the Street- Georgia Park

Is it my tendrils of smoke, the scent of my shampoo

or my dog’s panting that rises up to the third floor apartment

of the brick building across the street

 

where you poke your head out of that window

to ask me if id like something to eat,

something specific, always;

pizza, a meatball sub,

or something else entirely

as when you inquire if im dirty

and would like the bath with bubbles

you’re already drawing,

would my dog like to come with me?

 

and I know it’s not just me.

that alleyway’s past was marked

by heavy foot traffic

before your inquiries,

and it’s not just women;

a fact that comforts me.

 

You are well taken care of

attired in bright sweaters,

warm and clean.  And gracious

enough to always offer something

i catch you alone sometimes,

bent forward and whispering

 

It’s clear that you come from a family

and that when we engage in conversations

you speak past me and of nothing solid

so i keep walking, until eventually

you counterfeit an anti-greeting

 

You say ok, well, I’ll see you!

desperation ringing out

as if we had agreed.

 


Georgia Park is the creator of Private Bad Thoughts, curator of Whisper and the Roar a feminist literary collective, and a writer for Sudden Denouement. She is a wonderful poet with an enormous heart. We can’t imagine this journey without her. Please check out more of her wonderful work.

 

Author: Sudden Denouement

A Global Literary Collective

24 thoughts on “Across the Street- Georgia Park”

  1. Georgia you paint your life like no one else.
    You captured me from the very beginning:
    “Is it my tendrils of smoke, the scent of my shampoo
    or my dog’s panting that rises up to the third floor apartment
    of the brick building across the street”

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      1. I’ve so much enjoyed being on your journey with you. I should be thanking you for sharing. Your work is so in touch with what it is to be human. A reminder this world desperately needs

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