Cummings and Goings

Silent Hour

Cummings and Goings

‘I have a love,’ he said.

‘And I have none,’ I said.

‘I’d like to stay,’ he said.

*

‘Can’t be with you,’ he said,

‘but you’re my flame.’

I said: ‘I feel the same.’

*

‘It’s wrong,’ he said.

‘So stop,’ I said.

‘No, don’t,’ he said.

*

‘Is everything a game?’ he said.

‘That poor guy.’

I said: ‘There’s something in your eye.’

*

‘Come on,’ he said.

‘Cannot,’ I said.

‘Why not,’ he said.

*

‘You have a love,’ I said,

‘remember?’

He said: ‘You’re better.’

*

‘It’s true and sweet,’ I said,

‘the message you’re transmitting.’

He said: ‘ You’re kidding.’

*

‘I want you more,’ he said

‘but like you less.’

I said: ‘Makes perfect sense.’

*

‘Fuck you,’ he said,

‘you only wanted me for sex.’

*

‘And you,’ I said,

‘will make great friends with my ex.’

***

© Basilike Pappa, 2018

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One thought on “Cummings and Goings

  1. A ‘He Said … She Said’
    to summarise a sad history
    with lustful intricacy
    That starts with the sparks
    of a thrill in a feather bed
    and ends in the dark
    of remorseful chill … full of dred

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