Friday, September 18, 2015

Normalizing Relations

After three straight nights of butt-to-butt,
he indicates a willingness to surrender
by rolling to his right and coaxing her

into a hushed and giggly negotiation.
She twists against his raised white flag
and their lust for normalized relations

makes coming to terms a very easy thing.
But, just seconds before final ratification,
she pants, How about, a little later, we really talk?

He kisses her forehead, rolls back to his left
and shivers inside another lost d├ętente.



First appeared in Boston Literary Magazine - Fall 2015.

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